Head Coach Thinks Star Wide Receiver Will Play Sunday Against Oakland

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Considering the Giants’ revolving door at running back, they can’t afford the same type of thing happening at any other position.

That brings us to the Victor Cruz situation.

Cruz, who leads the Giants with 47 receptions and 677 yards, and is tied for the team lead with four touchdowns, was held out of practice again Wednesday due to lingering effects from a neck injury he suffered against Philadelphia on Oct. 27.

With Big Blue is coming off its bye week, the injury, which has improved according to head coach Tom Coughlin, not improving significantly enough to get Cruz back on the field is disconcerting. The Giants are 2-6 and are just barely hanging on to any hope for the playoffs. Coughlin said he thinks his star receiver will play Sunday against visiting Oakland.

“I wouldn’t call it a setback, but when a guy is not practicing, obviously, it’s an issue,” Coughlin said. “They’re just going to hold him to make sure that he doesn’t have any further incidents today. He feels better, quite frankly. I think he probably could practice if we really needed him to practice today, but we’re going to err on the side of precaution here in hopes that he will be prepared to go tomorrow.”

With quarterback Eli Manning trying to right what’s been an erratic first nine weeks, he could use all the help he can get. Hakeem Nicks has yet to score this season and Cruz has just one TD since burning Dallas for three in the season opener.

Due to injuries, the Giants have used five different running backs this season, not counting Andre Brown, who has been out since breaking his leg in the final preseason game.

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