New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz revealed today that he is likely facing between four and eight months on the sidelines as he undergoes rehab on the torn patellar tendon injury suffered during the Giants recent game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Cruz also posted a video to his official Instagram account in which he thanked well-wishers for their support since he went down in the end zone last Monday, as well as reaffirming his support for his Giants teammates.
"Thank you to everyone who has shown me so much love during this time," Cruz wrote in an accompanying note.
"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 setback 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 teammates, as their captain."
Teammates out to honor Cruz
Cruz told reporters Friday that he expects rehab to take around four to eight months, explaining that he will split his work between the Giants facility and specialist doctors in a bid to ensure a full and proper recovery from what looked like a truly painful injury.
The popular receiver was seen sobbing as he was escorted off the field last week and his Giants teammate have rallied around him since.
Rookie wide out Odell Beckham Jnr, who is likely to benefit from more touches with the experienced Cruz out of action, spoke of the bitter sweet opportunity he now has. The former LSU star also promised to try and do Cruz proud while out on the gridiron.
And, according to Cruz himself, the Giants roster is planning their own special tribute to their stricken friend when they next reach the end zone.
With Victor Cruz's samba celebration upon scoring a touchdown one of the most recognisable in the NFL, the next Giants man to make it in for a TD is planning on adopting the celebration.
Cruz may not be able to be out there with them to join in but we are pretty sure he will approve from the sidelines.