For the first time in their 2016 training camp, injuries were a major part of the story on Tuesday for the New York Giants. The biggest news was that Victor Cruz was held out of the team portions of practice due to a “tight groin.” Cruz did work in some early receiving drills.
Head coach Ben McAdoo said that it was “a little early” to know if Cruz, who has missed 26 straight games with knee and calf injuries, will play in Friday’s preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins.
Cruz said after practice that he felt the soreness early in the workout.
“It happened during practice, just a little tightness. I didn’t want to push it and make it worse, so I just told the training staff and they shut me down,” he said.
Cruz said he wasn’t concerned because “I kind of get one every camp. It’s just whether I play through it or it just times up on an off day or something like that. It’s just a little tightness. I just have to get in the training room, ice it up and it’ll be alright.”
The wide receiver said it usually takes a couple of days to work through the soreness which, of course, puts his status for Friday’s preseason opener in doubt.
“I’m sure. I haven’t spoken to anybody, whether it be coach or the training staff or anybody, about Friday. I’m sure it clouds it up a little bit,” Cruz said.
The 29-year-old maintained that he is “not frustrated” by this development.
“I just have to listen to my body and make sure I’m going about this the right way,” Cruz said. “I don’t want to ignore something and then have another major setback.”
Still, any hiccup for Cruz as he tries to come back from two serious leg injuries could be alarming. Let’s see how long it is before the Giants allow him back on the field.
Injury scares for Landon Collins, Jason Pierre-Paul
Checking out Landon Collins' left leg pic.twitter.com/SbTGGGErvN— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 9, 2016
The Giants have been free of major injuries during this training camp, a radical departure from camps of recent years. For a minute on Tuesday it looked like that might change when starting strong safety Landon Collins went down.
Collins, though, appeared to be OK after being checked out by the training staff. McAdoo said Collins was kicked and should be fine. “I think he’s tight, but looks to be fine,” McAdoo said.
Collins gets the OK from trainer Ronnie Barnes pic.twitter.com/dDb6xgWC9i— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 9, 2016
Jason Pierre-Paul also left practice briefly with what appeared to be a stinger, but returned.
More injury news
Linebacker Keenan Robinson (groin) and safety Nat Berhe (hamstring) did not practice Tuesday. Fullback Nikita Whitlock left practice with an illness. Defensive tackle Jay Bromley (ankle) and linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring) remained on PUP.