Victor Cruz injury: Giants star expected to play Week 1

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Despite missing the third preseason game due to a foot injury, Victor Cruz should return for the season opener.

New York's Victor Cruz is no longer wearing a protective walking boot, and the Giants' wide receiver is expected to play in the season opener, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Cruz suffered a bruised heal during New York's second preseason game. He sat out the third preseason game but said he is feeling better and is on track to return for the regular season.

"Feeling good," Cruz said via Sports Illustrated. "It's been better, feels a lot better, a lot of the swelling has gone down. Obviously, looking forward to better days coming."

He suffered the injury when he jumped for a pass and a defender landed on his foot. He spent time on crutches and in a walking boot, all in an effort to be ready to go for Week 1. He said the only pain now comes when he first gets out of bed. Once his heel warms up from movement, it begins to feel better.

Although the team is taking a cautious approach to his recovery and working him back into the mix slowly, Cruz said he would like to get some practice in before the game, possibly as soon as Monday if he's cleared by doctors, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

Getting Cruz back will be a nice boost for the Giants. The 26-year-old is coming off his second straight season with more than 1,000 receiving yards. He caught 86 passes last season for 1,092 yards. The Giants signed Cruz to a six-year $45.8 million extension this offseason.

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