It's been speculated for several weeks that Victor Cruz might make his season debut for the Giants in the Week 4 game in Buffalo next weekend. On Friday, Tom Coughlin formally announced that is the plan.

"I hope so," he said. "That's what we're being told."

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Cruz has not practiced since injuring his calf in mid-August, but he began running on grass earlier this week. He is also coming off a torn patellar tendon, but the Giants have not expressed any concern for that knee injury. In fact, his convalescence with the calf may actually aid his knee recovery, giving it further time to strengthen.

Cruz looked good running on an adjacent field to the team's practice last Tuesday and was running and catching footballs in pregame warmups Thursday night.

"He's improving and we're hoping," Coughlin said. "He's running. He'll be running all weekend. We're hoping that there's nothing but straight-ahead positives in all his activities and we'll see next week if we can get him on the practice field."

If Cruz plays against the Bills on Oct. 4, it will be his first game action in almost one full year. He tore the patellar tendon on Oct. 12, 2014, in Philadelphia.