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Victor Cruz injury update: Training camp target for comeback

Coach Ben McAdoo makes it clear Cruz is unlikely to work in team drills during OTAs

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Victor Cruz, right, won't be joining Odell Beckham on the field for a while
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Victor Cruz is apparently going to have to wait a while, probably a little more than two months, before he gets a chance to practice fully with the New York Giants. Cruz did not practice on Monday when the Giants held their first OTA, and coach Ben McAdoo made it clear that the Giants aren't expecting Cruz to practice until training camp.

"Right now, we’re looking for him to get back here and he’s working to get back to training camp," McAdoo said. "Small steps."

Cruz, of course, hasn't played since suffering a torn patella tendon in the sixth game of the 2014 season. His comeback was derailed last season by a torn calf muscle that eventually required surgery.

Cruz, 29, has posted workout videos and spoken optimistically whenever he has been asked about his comeback.

During last month's voluntary veteran minicamp Cruz said he was "pretty confident" that he would be successful in this comeback.

"I feel good. I can only go off what my body tells me, and so far my body tells me that I’m feeling good. I’ve been doing everything that’s been asked of me that the guys have been doing throughout this offseason program and there’s been no adverse effects, no negativity, nothing going in the wrong direction in terms of my health and in terms of my trajectory to get back on the field. I just want to continue that and continue in an upward path," Cruz said at the time.

"I definitely believe in my abilities and believe in my talent level and believe that if I’m healthy, I’ll be out there alongside Odell and Eli and the rest of the offense, that I can compete at that high level and perform."

The Giants, of course, hope that Cruz can be something close to the player he once was. They appear to be proceeding with extreme caution in finding out.