EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz has shed the protective boot he's been sporting, and expects to play in the regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys Sept. 8.
"Feeling good," Cruz said Tuesday, a day after the boot came off his injured left foot. "It's been better, feels a lot better, a lot of the swelling has gone down. Obviously, looking forward to better days coming."
Cruz was sidelined more than a week after hurting his heel in a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts Aug. 18. He jumped to catch a pass from Eli Manning on the opening series and a defender landed on his foot. Two days later, he used crutches to walk to the podium with his foot in a boot.
Cruz missed the third preseason game, vs. the Jets, and will also skip Thursday's exhibition finale at New England. He hopes to practice Monday and play the following weekend.
"Absolutely. I knew initially that it was just a small bump in the road and that I just needed some time off to get some down time off the boot and off the foot and get things going the right way," Cruz said. "Dallas was definitely a target date for me and I knew that I had to be ready. I still have some time to recuperate. It feels even better."
The only pain he has is getting out of bed.
"There's swelling in the morning when I first put my foot down, that's about it," the Paterson, N.J., native said. "Other than that, once I get it going and get it warmed up, it seems to loosen up a little bit and feel better. We still want to take it easy and take it one day at a time."
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