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NFL news: Robert Griffin III expects to play, Victor Cruz expects to be ready in Week 1

Robert Griffin III expects to be ready in Week 1, as does Victor Cruz. Read on for what else you might have missed from Tuesday.

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz expects to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. Cruz was wearing a protective walking boot and was recovering from a heel injury suffered during the team's second preseason game. Cruz sat out the third preseason game and will sit out the fourth, but it seems like he'll be good to go for Week 1.

Here's what else you might have missed from Tuesday:

RGIII expects to play in Week 1, and his teammates say the same

Robert Griffin III expects to play in Week 1, and so do most of his teammates. Pierre Garcon said that Griffin's legs are "good." He also said that Griffin looks great, while Santana Moss says that it's already confirmed Griffin will play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. It should be interesting to see how this plays out.

Hernandez was in trouble before murder allegation

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was reportedly one mistake away from being released by the team before he was arrested and charged with murder. Hernandez had apparently frustrated head coach Bill Belichick for various reasons, including missed practices and "thug-life stunts." It seems these things just keep piling up for Hernandez.

Multiple players go to IR, PUP list Tuesday

With the deadline to trim rosters down to 75 players on Tuesday, multiple big-name players ended up on either injured reserve or the physically unable to perform list. Some of the bigger names include DuJuan Harris, Montario Hardesty and Bryan Bulaga to injured reserve, and Michael Crabtree, Percy Harvin and Jay Ratliff to the PUP list.

Mingo returns to practice

Cleveland Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo returned to practice on Tuesday, working in individual drills and doing a little running. Mingo is recovering from a bruised lung suffered in practice. It's unclear how long until Mingo can take part in a full team practice or be able to play in a game situation, but this is a positive step in the right direction.

Williams returns to practice

Chicago Bears linebacker D.J. Williams participated in team practice on Tuesday. He didn't partake in a full practice, but he did some running and other drills on the sideline. Williams hadn't practiced all August, missing a good portion of training camp and not playing in any preseason games. His status for the season opener is still in doubt, but his potential return soon should ease the load on rookie Jon Bostic, who has been starting at middle linebacker in Williams' place.

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