“If it were up to me, I would love to be back at some point within the next two weeks, whether it be Thursday (Sept. 24 against Washington) or the following game, but we'll see," Cruz said at an appearance in Manhattan. "That's just me speaking. That's not the training staff or the doctors [saying] things like that."
Cruz ran in a pool and on an anti-gravity treadmill on Friday and hopes his return from a calf injury can be "expedited a bit" (Sept. 18). However, when doctors examined his strained calf, they found "a little bit of blood," Cruz said, meaning the injury was more severe than anticipated.
“It was definitely frustrating,” Cruz said. “I mean, you want to be out there to help out your teammates and to help Eli (Manning) out and to have a safely valve and to have someone to throw the ball to, and just get the offense clicking, get that energy back. So that was obviously frustrating."
Cruz, who missed most of last season with a torn patellar tendon, will miss the team's Week 2 game against the Atlanta Falcons with a calf injury (Sept. 18). The 28-year-old has still yet to be cleared to run on the field as of Thursday.
“They’re not even at the stage where they’re really going to bring out and turn him loose,” Coughlin said Thursday (Sept. 17).