Wide receiver Victor Cruz is still experiencing a “little discomfort” and “stiffness” in his neck after being injured in the Giants’ 15-7 victory over the Eagles on Oct. 27 and was held out of practice yesterday. Cruz was body-slammed to the ground on a tackle and lay on the turf for several minutes before jogging off under his own power, undergoing X-rays (which were negative) and eventually returning to the game. “I practiced the whole practice on Monday and that was it,” Cruz said yesterday. “I came out and it felt good. I went to bed and it was stiff in the morning. I was like ‘Let me just go in there and get some work done and get a little heat on it’ and they decided to take a look at it, decided to let me take this day off. “They just concluded that I should get another day of rest under by belt to kind of alleviate the tightness that was in there.” Cruz, who leads the Giants with 47 receptions for 677 yards and four touchdowns (tied with Rueben Randle), insisted he was held out as a precaution. He said the examination didn’t reveal any damage to his neck and he’ll play Sunday against Oakland. “Yeah, I anticipate practicing (today),” he said. “I don’t see any setbacks there and I should be full-fledged Friday and ready to go on Sunday.” The news should be welcome for the Giants, who obviously see an opportunity to strike against an Oakland secondary that surrendered seven touchdown passes to Eagles quarterback Nick Foles last week, tying an NFL record for one game. Although the Giants coaching staff has been begging its players to ignore Philadelphia’s gaudy numbers, some members of the receiving corps admitted it’s hard to not think about them.
Victor Cruz expects to play on Sunday
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