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The Bears have released WR Victor Cruz. The writing was on the wall when the veteran suited up for Thursday night's preseason finale. Turning 31 in November and with a plethora of leg injuries behind him, Cruz has very little left in the tank. He remains off the redraft radar. Chicago's WR depth chart now reads: Kevin White, Kendall Wright, Deonte Thompson, Josh Bellamy. WR Markus Wheaton is expected to miss another week or 2 with his finger injury.

Bears WR Cameron Meredith injured his left knee in the 1st half of Sunday's preseason game against the Titans. With his foot planted in the ground, the knee was bent severely inward. It had the look of a serious injury. Meredith was fitted with an air cast on the field and carted off. We'll update his status when we learn more, but don't draft him in the meantime. His absence will leave Kevin White as Chicago's #1 WR, with Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton and Victor Cruz behind him.

Bears WR Markus Wheaton had an appendectomy this past weekend, he told NFL Network's Stacey Dales. He's expected to be sidelined another 2 weeks. Wheaton will be back in plenty of time for Week 1, but the missed practice time won't help a new face trying to carve out a role in Chicago. Wheaton isn't worth rostering outside of deep best-ball leagues. We'll see if Victor Cruz or Kendall Wright can take advantage of Wheaton's absence. Cameron Meredith and Kevin White are in line to open the season as the Bears' top 2 WRs.

Buffalo
2:33pm EDT 5/25/17

The Bears and WR Victor Cruz have agreed to a 1-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Chicago has a lot of names at WR but no sure things: Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton and Reuben Randle. There's opportunity here. But Cruz is 30 now and has struggled returning from his 2014 torn patellar tendon. We're not banking on him emerging as a fantasy factor in what figures to be a run-heavy Bears offense.

The Giants have released WR Victor Cruz. It was a no-brainer move with Cruz set to count $9.4 million against the 2017 salary cap. It's possible that the G-Men bring him back at a cheaper salary, but it shouldn't be as more than a #4 WR. The 30-year-old Cruz hauled in just 54.2% of his targets and scored 1 TD this past season. He's a long shot to re-emerge as a fantasy asset.

The forecast for today's Lions-Giants game calls for a 65% chance of rain with winds of 10-20 mph. Not ideal. It's especially concerning for Lions QB Matt Stafford, who will be playing with an injured middle finger on his throwing hand. He's no better than a mid-range QB2 for Week 15.

Winds of 20-22 mph are expected for today's Bears-Giants game. That definitely hurts both Ks and is just enough to impact the passing games. We've adjusted our projections for this game a tad. Click here for updated rankings.

Giants WR Victor Cruz (ankle) is not listed on the final Week 11 injury report. He’ll play against the Bears this weekend but is just a WR4 in fantasy football. Cruz has averaged just 3.1 catches and 47.1 yards per game this year with 1 total TD.

Giants WR Victor Cruz (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. He missed all 3 workouts last week and sat out Monday night's game against the Bengals. Cruz has a shot to play vs. the Bears this weekend, but we'll continue to track his progress over the next few days.

Buffalo
7:18pm EST 11/14/16

Giants WR Victor Cruz (ankle) is officially inactive for tonight's game against the Bengals. That vaults Roger Lewis into the #3 WR spot, but he'd be a desperation fantasy play. Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Will Tye figure to serve as QB Eli Manning's top 3 targets tonight.

Giants WR Victor Cruz (ankle) is not expected to play against the Bengals tonight, according to insider Art Stapleton. Cruz is listed as questionable but didn't practice at all this week. His absence will mean a bunch of playing time for Roger Lewis as the #3 WR, but he's just a fantasy flier.

The Giants have deemed WR Victor Cruz (ankle) questionable for Monday night's game against the Bengals. ESPN's Jordan Ranaan reports that he'll likely be a game-time decision. That pretty much takes him out of fantasy consideration unless you're deciding between Cruz and some other wideout in the same game. If he plays, though, Cruz could turn into a down-the-list option in positive passing matchups against the Bears, Browns and Steelers the next 3 weeks.

Giants WR Victor Cruz said in a Tuesday radio appearance that he might miss 1 game with the ankle injury suffered last weekend. "A little sore today," Cruz admitted. He's dealing with a "low grade ankle sprain," according to NFL Network's Kimberly Jones. We'll track his status over the next few days, but fantasy owners shouldn't be planning on using Cruz in Week 10 lineups.

Giants insider Ralph Vacchiano hears that the team is "optimistic" that WR Victor Cruz's ankle injury is "relatively minor." He's believed to be dealing with a "non-serious" low-ankle sprain but will undergo additional testing on Monday. We should get another update then.

Giants WR Victor Cruz sprained his right ankle in the 2nd quarter against the Eagles. FOX reports that the team expects him to return, but we'll keep an eye on the joint beyond this week. Cruz got deep for a 45-yard catch just before leaving and has been producing more efficiently than rookie WR Sterling Shepard.

UPDATE: The Giants have ruled Cruz out for the rest of the game.

Giants HC Ben McAdoo is "very optimistic" that WR Victor Cruz will be able to play in Saturday's preseason game. Cruz missed the first 2 exhibitions with a groin injury. “I’m ready,” Cruz said Thursday. “Obviously it’s been a long time coming … This one is crossing so many hurdles, so many barriers … To me, this game is bigger than just a game.” We're curious to see how Cruz looks in his 1st game action since October of 2014, but we're still not interested in drafting him at this point.

Giants WR Victor Cruz has missed the past 2 days of practice with a groin issue. Here we go again. After rupturing his patellar tendon in 2014, Cruz suffered a season-ending calf injury early in 2015 training camp. He expects to be back on the field "in a few days," but nothing can be taken for granted. Reports out of camp had Cruz looking something less than 100% before this issue. For what it's worth, insider Jordan Raanan believes Cruz would get cut if roster decisions were based strictly on merit.

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