Victor Cruz posted a brief video on Instagram on Thursday night, issuing his first comments since tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee Sunday against the Eagles.
In the short video, the Giants wide receiver quickly thanked fans, teammates and doctors for their support. He wrote a longer message that was posted with the video:
"Thank you to everyone who has shown me so much love during this time. I'll be back in no time and stronger than ever! I've always been one to overcome adversity, so to everyone out there who is going through a minor set back don't give up! Use this time to be better and push yourself to do things you've never done before. I won't be on the field out there playing but I'll still be around for my team mates, as their captain. I'm dedicated to our community and I'm still going to be at HalloweenLand on 10/25 @ Basketball City and I hope you all can come so I can see all of the people who are routing for me. It's your love and support that keeps me going! #BigBlue4ever"
Cruz had surgery on Monday and was placed on injured reserve, ending his 2014 season. Rehab is expected to take about six months, and he is expected to be physically ready to play next season.