NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7:10 PM
It’s likely Jason Pierre-Paul will suit up before Victor Cruz does, but The Return has yet another target date.
After suffering a setback last month in his first practice attempting to come back from a strained left calf, Cruz seemed optimistic Thursday that he can return in the Giants’ first game after their bye week, Nov. 29 at Washington.
“I hope so,” said Cruz, who began running again Thursday. “It’s just a matter of continuing to pick it up day in and day out. But if I had to pick a time, it would be any week in terms of that regard. But if I had to pick a time, and after the bye obviously looks like a promising date, but obviously the doctors haven’t told me that, no one said that to me. We’re just, like I said, taking it one day at a time.”
Cruz said his MRIs are clean, his calf is fully healed and he “absolutely” thinks he’ll be back this season. He feels the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection he received last month helped speed up his recovery process. He offered a terse response when asked if shutting it down for the season was ever discussed. “No,” he said. “In short, no.”
He is, however, aware that the clock is ticking.
“Every day,” Cruz said. “I’d be wrong to sit here and tell you that I’ve got plenty of time because it’s week nine in the season and I missed a good chunk of time already. So I just want to get out there and be 100 percent and play.”
Odell Beckham Jr. turned 23 on Thursday, and the numbers he’s already put up in his young career are astounding. In 20 games he has 141 catches, 1,959 yards and 19 touchdowns after his eight-catch, 130-yard, three-score effort on Sunday.
Beckham admits he looks at his gaudy stats to an extent but doesn’t like to get caught up in them. Does he ever surprise himself at what he’s been able to accomplish in such a short time?
“I would not say I surprised myself at some of the things (I’ve done,)” he said. “I’m fully confident in what I think I can do, and I still feel there’s plays that are left out there. There’s three plays I can think of in my head right now, and those types of things keep me up at night. I’m a perfectionist and I’m chasing to be perfect.”
The Giants placed rookie defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (hamstring) on injured reserve/designated for return. He can be reinstated to the roster on Dec. 31, making his only chance to play again this season would be in the season finale against the Eagles.
Tight end Larry Donnell said his injured neck is “feeling better” and expects to return to practice next week. The Giants signed tight end Jerome Cunningham off the practice squad. To fill Cunningham’s void on the practice squad, the Giants signed cornerback Dax Swanson.
WR Rueben Randle (hamstring,) G Geoff Schwartz (ankle) and S Craig Dahl (neck) returned to practice on a limited basis. … LB Jon Beason (ankle/knee,) LB J.T. Thomas (ankle) and CB Leon McFadden (groin) missed practice. … CB Prince Amukamara (pectoral,) RB Orleans Darkwa (back) and LB Uani Unga (neck) remained limited.