John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Giants’ WR Victor Cruz (heel) is listed as probable for Sunday’s game vs Dallas and has been moving well in the reps he’s had in recent practices. None of those reps have been on artificial surface, however. AT&T Stadium, where this week’s game takes place, has artificial turf.
Is he ready to run on turf?
“I haven’t had a chance to do that, at least not yet,” Cruz told reporters today. “So I have a day tomorrow, I’ll probably get just a couple routes on it tomorrow, nothing too crazy. But I’m confident. I feel good, I feel like I’m in shape, I feel like the heel is much better. I’m not leaning or favoring the other leg or anything like that so it feels good. I’m anxious to go out there and see what I can do on game day.”
He still has to have the grace of the Giants’ medical staff is he is to take the field this week. He said he was going to visit them Friday afternoon:
“I’ve been practicing full-go. I’ve been limited in certain areas but I’ve been pretty much practicing in getting my footing down and cutting and things like that and everything feels pretty normal. I just want the doctors to give one last look at it and tell me what they think and then we’ll go from there.”
Cruz said his heel, not stamina, has been the issue.
“Stamina is not a problem. I kept myself in shape and have been working. Even through the two weeks when I wasn’t practicing or anything, they had me in here working, so stamina won’t be an issue.”
The Giants aren’t the Giants without Victor Cruz. Hopefully for them, he passes the turf test and stays healthy.