Leodis McKelvin

Giants' Cruz Expects To Play Monday Night

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Victor Cruz couldn't help but laugh when Dr. Russell Warren finished examining his sprained ankle earlier this week and told him there was a good chance he would be able to play against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.

It might have been the best news the longtime New York Giants orthopedic surgeon had given Cruz in roughly three years.

If you've forgotten, Cruz missed all but six games in 2014 with a knee injury and all of last season with a calf injury that required surgery. The preseason even had some suspense as a groin injury limited his play.

Still, Cruz made it for the opener and was a constant in the lineup until spraining his...