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Giants news, 9/19: Victor Cruz wants to return by Week 4

New York Giants headlines for Saturday, 9/19.

Victor Cruz
Victor Cruz
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Good morning, New York Giants fans! Let's check your headlines for this Saturday morning, the final Saturday of the summer

Victor Cruz hoping to return soon

Giants' wide receiver Victor Cruz will miss Sunday's game against the Atlanta FalconsWhen will he return to the lineup?

"If it were up to me, I would love to be back at some point within the next two weeks, whether it be [next] Thursday [against the Redskins] or the following game," Cruz said during a Manhattan appearance at a Time Warner Cable store.

"But we’ll see, that’s just me speaking," added Cruz, who had not spoken to the media since Aug. 31 before Friday. "That’s not the training staff or the doctors [saying] things like that, so we’ll see."

Cruz has not practiced or been allowed to run on flat ground since injuring his calf more than a month ago, so playing Thursday against Washington seems unrealistic.

Cruz said that the calf has taken a long time to heal because doctors "saw a little bit of blood" in it and "that set me back a little bit."

More Giants headlines

The Giants will honor their 1990 championship team on Sunday, and the New York Post says the timing couldn't be better with the current team facing two critical games in five days.

The recently-released photo of Jason Pierre-Paul's damaged right hand showed what the defensive end has to overcome to play again. Fitness experts told the Daily News that JPP's strength and conditioning could be affected as the hand will hamper his ability to weight train.

Over The Cap look at the expected value of the contract extension signed by Manning.

Bob Raissman of the Daily News wonders why Manning bothers to do a weekly radio spot on WFAN.

The Giants know they need to do a better job rushing the passer:

"There are no excuses: we need to get more pressure on the quarterback," Giants linebacker Devon Kennard said. "That was a good offensive line [in Dallas] and they were getting the ball out quick, but at the end of the day, we need to get after the quarterback. It’s a new week, new opportunity and I know we’re all focused on getting home and making things happen."