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Victor Cruz injury update: New York Giants’ WR expected to practice this week

Cruz missed Monday night game with ankle injury

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants
Victor Cruz watches the action Monday night.
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Victor Cruz, who missed Monday night’s victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, is expected to practice on Thursday for the New York Giants, head coach Ben McAdoo said on Monday. Thursday is the day the Giants will hold their most intense practice of the week in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Cruz is fourth on the Giants in receptions with 25. He was held out of Monday’s game as a precaution despite his ankle injury not being considered serious. Cruz missed 26 straight games from the middle of the 2014 season thru 2015 with patella tendon and calf injuries.

In Cruz’s absence, rookie Roger Lewis Jr. had a difficult game on Monday.

More injury updates

McAdoo said cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who played only 14 snaps on Monday, was dealing with lower back tightness ... Offensive lineman Brett Jones, who left after the opening drive with a calf injury, had an MRI and the Giants “will have to see how the week goes” for him.

Other takeaways

Here are a few quick hits from McAdoo’s Monday afternoon conference call:

  • McAdoo praised Marshall Newhouse, who bounced back-and-forth between the unfamiliar positions of left guard and jumbo tight end Monday night. Newhouse’s work “says a lot about him,” according to McAdoo.
  • McAdoo wasn’t happy about the Giants dropping four passes and throwing two interceptions. He said that’s “not good enough.”
  • The coach was asked about the playoffs and the Super Bowl. He only wanted to talk about Sunday’s game against Chicago. "We need to have a great week of preparation ... We need to be at our best."