For much of his hourlong visit with the family of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shootings, Victor Cruz talked about football, life and young Jack, the child who idolized him.
Tears were shed. Feelings were shared. Cleats and gloves worn by Cruz to honor Jack Pinto at Sunday's game against Atlanta were given to his family.
The New York Giants wide receiver somberly recounted Wednesday his meeting with Pinto's parents and brother in Newtown, Conn.
He struggled in his retelling only when asked about the family's decision to bury the child in the receiver's No. 80 Giants jersey. The father of an infant girl, Cruz stopped for a moment, and his eyes became watery.
"You never go through some circumstances like this and circumstances where a kid faces or a family faces something of this magnitude at their school," Cruz said. "This definitely was the toughest by far."
Jack Pinto was buried on Monday, and Cruz telephoned the family to ask whether he could visit them Tuesday.
The family disclosed after Friday's massacre that Cruz was Jack's favorite player. The boy was one of 20 first-graders and six adults killed in the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary
Redskins: Quarterback Robert Griffin III went through a regular full practice with first-team receivers for the first time since spraining his right knee Dec. 9.
Griffin said he ran plays at full-speed, hoping to persuade doctors to clear him for this week's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has made known his unhappiness over sitting out Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns, and he's clearly frustrated that the final say is out of his control.
"I'm ready to play whenever they want me to play," Griffin said. "So if it's this week, next week, next couple of weeks. Whatever they say goes, so I'll be ready."
Bills: Center Eric Wood said Buffalo's so-called home games in Toronto are "a joke." That was the opinion Wood expressed during his weekly show on Buffalo's WGRF-Radio on Monday, a day after a 50-17 loss to Seattle at Toronto.
He stuck by his comments Wednesday, saying he believes the Bills are giving away their home-field edge by playing under a dome and in front of ambivalent crowds north of the border.
Eagles: LeSean McCoy will start at running back against Washington on Sunday in his first game back after missing four because of a severe concussion. The Eagles are playing out the string in another disappointing season, so it would've been understandable if McCoy just sat out the last two games after a serious head injury.
"I don't live like that, just taking off," McCoy said Wednesday. "I'm a competitor, and I'm going to finish the season out."
Ravens: Joe Flacco has committed six turnovers (three interceptions, three fumbles) during Baltimore's three-game losing streak and didn't duck responsibility Wednesday.
"All of it," said Flacco when asked if he shoulders the blame. "It starts with the quarterback, and that's the position that's looked at. You have to go look at yourself and see what you can do better."
Jets: Tim Tebow could not hide his disappointment at being passed over by Rex Ryan for the chance to start at quarterback Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, with Greg McElroy going from inactive to starter in place of benched Mark Sanchez.
"Some things are hard to understand," Tebow said. "Sometimes things just happen out of your control. Obviously, even though you might not be pleased with them, you have to try and handle them the best you can."
The Baltimore Sun and Newsday contributed to this report.