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Giants WR Victor Cruz Says Groin Injury ‘Not a Big Deal’


Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz Wednesday’s practice due to the groin injury that limited him during Tuesday’s session, and almost assuredly will not play in Friday’s preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. But Cruz took to local airwaves after missing practice to reassure this is just a minor bump on his comeback road, James Kratch of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

“It feels good. I tweaked it yesterday, just a little bit,” Cruz told Don LaGreca and Peter Rosenberg on WEPN-FM’s The Michael Kay Show.

“I didn’t want to go through practice and have the risk of injuring it even more. But I woke up today, felt good, and I’ve been getting treatment on it all day. I’m not worried about it. It’s not a big deal. It’s something that happens. But I anticipate being back out there in a few days, and getting after it again.”

Cruz has missed almost all of the last two seasons due to a pair of devastating injuries – a right patellar tear in October of 2014, and a rare injury to his left calf last August that eventually cost him the entire 2015 season.

This latest groin injury has set off alarm bells for many given the similarities to the calf injury. When Cruz sprained his calf last August in training camp, he and the Giants initially brushed the injury off as nothing of concern. It turned to be the exact opposite, leading to surgery.

Cruz said he is taking it slow with the groin in order to prevent history from repeating itself.

“It’s a process. Everybody understands that it’s a process,” he said. “That time (his return to the field) will come, and I just have to make sure I’m ready when it does come, and that I am doing all necessary things I need to do in preparation for that moment. I’ve come such a long way, that I don’t want to do anything stupid to regress my progress.”

But he vows he will be back, and he has never thought, even for a moment, that he will not return.

“Never, even throughout all the rehabilitation process, the ups, the downs. I never gave up. I never give up,” Cruz said. “It’s just not the way I was cultured, the way I brought up, the way I see my future, my career ending in this league, in this profession. I definitely feel like I have a good chunk of football left in me, and I want to go out and prove it.”

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