Oft-injured Victor Cruz not giving up on playing for Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Oft-injured Victor Cruz isn't giving up on his hope to play for the New York Giants.

The 29-year-old wide receiver remained optimistic Wednesday despite being sidelined the past few days by a groin injury.

The latest injury has many wondering whether Cruz is starting another phase of getting close to playing and then having a setback. He missed all of last season with a calf injury and was limited to six games in 2014 by a knee injury sustained against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cruz was defiant when asked what he had to say to those who feel his career is over after six seasons.

''Tune in,'' he said.

While he did not practice Wednesday, Cruz ran some drills under the supervision of strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman.

''I felt good,'' Cruz said. ''We ramped it up a little bit today. We are going to be picking up the intensity as these days progress, just to pick it up a little bit and see where I am physically and do some change of direction stuff toward the end of this week and see where it goes, but I feel great.''

Coach Ben McAdoo said it's too early to say whether Cruz will practice Thursday. The coach added he wanted to see him practice for a week before putting him in a game.

General manager Jerry Reese recently said he wants to see Cruz play in two preseason games. He missed the preseason opener against Miami.

If he does not, the Giants have to decide whether to keep him on their 53-man roster.

''Obviously. I am a normal human being, so I think about that stuff, but all I can do is take care of what I can take care of and control what I can control and that is my health and being out there when I can,'' he said.

Cruz said he is getting plenty of support at home and from the Giants, so he is not hanging my head low.

''This is just another test that God is putting me through to make sure that I make it through and cherish the other side, so I am treating it as such and making sure that I am ready when my number is called,'' said Cruz, who had 241 catches for 3,626 yards and 23 touchdowns between 2011-13.

Cruz participated fully when training camp late last month, but his workload was dialed back after a week as a precaution.

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