EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- No news is good news for the New York Giants on the injury front, and the lack of substantive updates Thursday on the recoveries of wide receiver Victor Cruz and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul bode well for that pair's chances of playing in Sunday night's season opener against the Cowboys in Dallas.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that both Cruz, who is working his way back from a heel bruise suffered in the second week of the preseason, and Pierre-Paul, who is recovering from June back surgery, did more in practice Thursday than they'd done the day before. Cruz said earlier in the week that he expected to be able to play Sunday barring any sort of setback. Pierre-Paul and Coughlin have both said that Pierre-Paul's status for Sunday would depend on his conditioning and the way his back reacts to the increased workload as the week goes along. On both fronts, the news (or lack thereof) Thursday appears to have been encouraging.
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Coughlin also said fullback Henry Hynoski, who is recovering from a knee injury, was working more in progress. Hynoski also has not been ruled out for Sunday's game. If he could play, it would be a huge boost to the run game, which is relying right now on starting halfback David Wilson, backups Da'Rel Scott and Michael Cox and fill-in fullback Bear Pascoe from the tight end corps.
Rookie defensive end Damontre Moore practiced as well. He's been dealing with a shoulder injury for a few weeks and his status for the game, in which he'd be used as part of the pass-rush rotation, remains up in the air.