New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman spoke out Tuesday for the first time since suffering a season-ending knee injury in last week's preseason game against the Detroit Lions.
"This has been an extremely trying week," Edelman said in a note to fans posted on Twitter. He said the amount of support since injuring his knee has been, "humbling."
He promised to aproach the rehabilitation process, "the only way I know how, with everything I have, to make sure I come back stronger than ever."
Edelman thanked everyone for their support, and then added, "Tough times don't last, tough people do. #GoPats"
Veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola, who will likely shoulder more of the load in Edelman's absence, said Monday that he expects Edelman to still be present even if he can't play.
"He'll be around," said Amendola, one of Edelman's best friends. "He's a leader on this team and we're gonna miss him on the field. He's one of the strongest people I know. He'll be better for it."