In a move that may have had many Giants fans sighing in relief, the team parted ways with wide receiver Preston Parker on Tuesday.

Relief for two reasons: 1. They won't have to watch him drop passes in the open field anymore, 2. The team's willingness to make the move likely means Victor Cruz is almost ready.'s Marc Sessler reports:

Parker's exodus is an indication that New York expects to have Cruz back on the field sooner than later, although the veteran pass-catcher didn't practice Tuesday as he continues to battle a hamstring injury. Look for special-teams ace Dwayne Harris to eat up snaps out of the slot on Thursday night against the Washington Redskins.

Interestingly, I had heard reported earlier in the day that Cruz did practice, but not at full speed. And, while the above mentioned report calls it a hamstring injury, other reports have noted knee and/or calf injuries. Whatever the case, the Giants - off to an 0-2 start - need him ASAP.

The Giants' official team site also says linebacker Jon Beason is close to returning, although probably not in time for Thursday night's meeting with the Redskins (which will be carried LIVE! on WIBX 950AM).

In news on the defensive front, as part of the Parker release, the G-men signed defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis. The ex-Jet was with Big Blue in training camp but was cut just before the season opener.