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NFL 2016: Victor Cruz Returns to Action and Other NFL News

The Sporting News is reporting that New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is hoping to finally get on a practice field once minicamp starts for the NFC East team next week.

According to Kirstie Chiappelli, The Giants wide receiver, who hasn’t played since October 2014, is confident he will be back on the field for part of this week’s minicamp after being sidelined for nearly two years.

“I’m feeling good. I ran some routes this past Friday, some full speed routes and everything went well,” Cruz said Saturday. “We’ll see what happens next week. They might throw me out there with the wolves a little bit so we’ll see how it goes.”

The Giants could use him as part of the offensive attack with Odell Beckham, Jr. and second round wideout Sterling Shepard.

Things might look the same for Cruz and his teammates as Ben McAdoo takes over for the departed Tom Coughlin, who left the team as head coach. McAdoo was hired to become the team’s offensive coordinator before last season and assumed the head coaching role when Coughlin and the Giants agreed to part ways.

Cruz’s return should help Eli Manning in his quest for a third Super Bowl ring.

Cruz suffered a patellar tendon tear in October 2014 and was working toward recovery, but suffered a setback last season when he injured his calf. In order to speed up the healing process, he received a plasma injection on his calf. Despite his intention to return after the Giants’ bye week, Cruz was shut down for the rest of the season and underwent surgery.

Cruz played college football at Massachusetts, and signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2010.

KELLY WEIGHS IN ON RYAN’S FUTURE

We all know Rex Ryan might be coaching for his job this season, but a former Buffalo Bills great further punctuated the possibly of the head coach not being with the team next season if he does not win now.

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly went on record as saying if Ryan does not make the playoffs, he will be looking for another head coaching job.

Ryan was fired in New York before agreeing to become the Bills head coach last season. Ryan is looking to improve on a disappointing 8-8 record last season and reverse a 16-year Bills postseason drought that is the longest among the four major North American professional sports.

“I think Rex will probably be looking for another job,” Kelly told “The Jim Rome Show” on Thursday. “I think everybody knows that, including Rex.”

The story about Kelly’s comments appear in a story by Mike Rodak of ESPN.com.

The Bills missed the playoffs only three times in Kelly’s 11 seasons as the starter in Buffalo. He took the Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearances from 1990 to 1993.

PERRIMAN OUT FOR THE SEASON – AGAIN

Another injury has sidelined the Baltimore Ravens wideout, Breshad Perriman. The former University of Miami star has partially torn ACL. The injury will keep him out of action for the Ravens who could use his speed on the outside in their passing game.

According to Andie Hagemann of NFL.com, Perriman had an examination from Dr. James Andrews on Monday, a source informed of his exam told Rapoport. The arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive surgical procedure, is scheduled for Tuesday and will determine if he needs a full ACL reconstruction. A person informed of the prognosis said the tear is not significant, Rapoport adds, but only the surgery will determine the next step. If reconstruction isn’t the answer, Perriman might just need a stem cell injection, with the hope that his ACL heals on its own.

Knee injuries are nothing new to Perriman as he tore his ACL last year on the first day of training camp and was later placed on season ending injured reserve by the franchise.

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