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Cruz plans to come back; NFL News and Notes

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(AP) — Victor Cruz vows to be back next season. The Giants receiver spoke with the media for the first time since suffering a torn patellar tendon in his right knee and having surgery this week. He’s optimistic about making a full recovery. Cruz says doctors have told him it will take 4-8 months to rehab the injury.

Cruz said teammates Marcus Harris and Zack Bowman have had surgery on their patella tendons and they told him they came back “better than ever.”

Elsewhere in the NFL;

— No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon (juh-DAY’-vee-uhn) Clowney has returned to practice and hopes to play on Monday night when Houston visits Pittsburgh. The defensive end practiced in a limited capacity for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee nearly six weeks ago.

— Bengals receiver A.J. Green is expected to miss his second consecutive game with an injured right big toe that has bothered him all season. He initially suffered the injury in the season opener and has aggravated it.

— The Jaguars will be without running back Toby Gerhart for a second straight week due to an ankle injury. Jacksonville faces the Cleveland Sunday.

— Chicago will be without starting linebacker Lance Briggs due to a rib injury for the second straight weeks. Briggs has been ruled out for Sunday’s home game against Miami after he missed practice all week.

— Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill is probable for Sunday’s game at Chicago because of an ankle injury that briefly limited him in practice this week. Tannehill was limited Wednesday, but participated fully in practice Thursday.

— Packers cornerback Sam Shields has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against Carolina with a strained knee.

— Vikings coach Mike Zimmer underwent a “minor” medical procedure, according to the team. He’s expected back to work Saturday and will travel with the team to Buffalo to take on the Bills. The team did not disclose the nature of the procedure.

— The Browns have placed Pro Bowl center Alex Mack on injured reserve with a broken left leg, officially ending his 2014 season. Mack broke his fibula on Sunday in the win over Pittsburgh.


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