EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz returned Tuesday from a groin injury with his heaviest workload and most productive practice of the summer. For the first time in weeks, there was reason for optimism.The groin injury Cruz had been dealing with didnt appear to limit him Tuesday, when he took 18 snaps during live drills and caught a team-high seven passes.The plan is for Cruz to be back out at practice Wednesday and to play in Saturdays preseason game against the New York Jets. It would be his first game in 22 months.Cruzs teammates were impressed.He came out, looked fresh [Tuesday], wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said. Again, the biggest thing is just Sept. 11. I know he would definitely like to get some preseason in. Its been a little minute since hes played.In my opinion, he looked great.Cruz hadnt made it through a full practice in more than two weeks because of the groin injury. He did dress for Saturdays preseason contest against the Buffalo Bills and ran through pregame warmups.There were more positive signs at Tuesdays practice, when Cruz mostly worked alongside Beckham and Sterling Shepard as the first-team receivers. He caught all his passes from quarterback Eli Manning.There was one play in particular where he shot off the line and made a quick juke to the inside to beat cornerback Donte Deayon. It opened some eyes.Hes quick, said Deayon, an undrafted rookie out of Boise State. I didnt think hed be that quick off the line right now. But he came off the line real quick and he got me. ... He shook and he shot across the field. He has his step back, hes quick and hes a veteran, so he knows his game.Cruz, 29, has missed most of the past two seasons with knee and calf injuries. He tore the patellar tendon in his right knee on Oct. 12, 2014, against the Philadelphia Eagles.Beckham continues to reiterate that the goal for Cruz should be the Sept. 11 season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. But the Giants are anxious for Cruz to get on the field, hopefully as soon as this weekend against the Jets.Its important. Its the game, coach Ben McAdoo said. That is what he is looking forward to. That is what we are looking forward to seeing him do.McAdoo said last week the Giants still havent been able to make an evaluation on him this summer. Hes hoping this week provides some information.Well find out more [Tuesday] and [Wednesday], McAdoo said before Tuesdays practice. But Im looking forward to seeing him. It was nice to see him in a uniform in pregame the other day.After coming through unscathed Tuesday, the next step is to string together back-to-back practices. Cruzs legs need to prove they can handle the pounding of football work. Then its onto getting through the week and playing in the game. But for one day at least, the Giants were happy with where this situation is headed after years of health struggles.Its great to see Vic back out there, Beckham said. Hes been through quite a lot. nick perry stitched jersey
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. Bradwell was scheduled to become a free agent Tuesday. Born and raised in Toronto, Bradwell is entering his sixth CFL season, with all six played for his hometown Argonauts. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- After returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and being swept in the opening round by the eventual champions, the Detroit Pistons have a pretty obvious challenge ahead.This young team has the potential for more growth in Stan Van Gundys third season as coach and could certainly advance further in the postseason if things break right. But the Pistons should take nothing for granted.Its a new year, and we have to go through the process. You cant skip steps, Van Gundy said. We made the point to guys -- this isnt a continuation of last year, we dont start at 44 wins and the eighth seed in the playoffs and try to climb. You start at zero wins and no guarantee of anything.Detroits 44-38 mark last season was good enough for a long-awaited postseason berth, and a four-game loss to Cleveland wasnt too much of a downer after everything the Pistons had accomplished. With Andre Drummond back and signed to a long-term contract, Detroit has a solid nucleus to build around, but the next step wont necessarily be easy.The Pistons return their starting five of Drummond, guards Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and forwards Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris. They expect to be without Jackson for a while at the beginning of the season because of knee and thumb problems.While the Pistons have a long way to go before standing toe to toe with Cleveland atop the East, there appears to be enough parity among the conferences other playoff-caliber teams that a move up the standings is plausible for Detroit.Here are a few more things to watch with the Pistons this season:DRUMMONDS FREE THROWSDrummond has made 38 percent of his free throws for his career, a figure thats caused Van Gundy to take his star big man out of games at crucial momentts.ddddddddddddDrummond has used virtual reality in an effort to improve at the line, but it remains to be seen if his offseason work will pay off.JACKSONS INJURIESJackson averaged 18.8 points and 6.2 assists last season, forming an impressive point guard-center tandem with Drummond. The Pistons announced Oct. 10 that he would miss six to eight weeks after receiving platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. If Jackson is able to come back on that timetable, hed still have a chance to contribute plenty this season, but the Pistons want to make sure they dont fall too far behind while hes out.NEW ADDITIONSDetroit signed guard Ish Smith in the offseason, and his role figures to increase while Jackson is out. The Pistons also brought in forward Jon Leuer and drafted 6-foot-11 forward Henry Ellenson out of Marquette in the first round.NEXT STAR?Stanley Johnson averaged 8.1 points a game as a rookie, and at age 20 has the potential for a big leap this season and next. His athleticism on the wing could become a real asset if he develops into a more consistent player at both ends.QUESTIONSVan Gundy said recently the backcourt rotation was still an issue entering the season. Darrun Hilliard showed poise when called upon last season in limited duty, and 6-foot-7 rookie Michael Gbinije could add versatility if he proves hes ready to play at the NBA level.Those two spots Im not totally clear on right now going into the season, Van Gundy said. I know what were doing at center, I know what were doing at the three and the four primarily. Its, what are we doing at the one and the two off the bench?---Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys
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