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Victor Cruz will travel with Giants to Buffalo

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz on the sidelines

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz on the sidelines during team practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, NJ, on Thursday, Aug 18, 2016. Credit: Brad Penner

The Victor Cruz Watch hits the road this weekend as the injured receiver is traveling with the Giants to Buffalo for Saturday’s preseason game against the Bills.

Cruz did not practice with the team on Friday, instead working on the side with trainers as he has for most of this week. It remains extremely unlikely that he’ll play in the game.

But he could participate in pregame warmups, which would be a step toward his return to the practice field for what is shaping up to be the most important week of his career.

If Cruz is unable to practice next week and does not play in the game against the Jets next weekend, the likelihood of the Giants holding a roster spot for him diminishes greatly. He has not played in a game of any kind since October 2014 because of knee and calf injuries and has not practiced this summer since Aug. 9 because of a groin injury.

Cruz isn’t the only injured player who will make the trip to Buffalo. First-round pick Eli Apple (knee) and G Justin Pugh (shoulder) also will be part of the entourage. Apple worked with trainers on Friday along with Cruz. Pugh participated in what Ben McAdoo called a 55-minute “speed” practice before the team departed.

WR Geremy Davis (groin), FB Will Johnson (burner), CB Leon McFadden (leg), DE Kerry Wynn (groin) and LB J.T. Thomas (PUP/hamstring) did not make the trip.

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