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Tebow suffered rib injury against Patriots

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Despite playing the quarterback position with a physical style, Tim Tebow mostly survived his second NFL season healthy.

Tebow didn’t miss any snaps due to injury, but he came close on Saturday night. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Tebow tore rib cartilage and bruised his lung against the Patriots.

(Perhaps this gave Tebow an excuse to avoid fake laughing on the CBS set this weekend.)

The injury happened early in the second half of the game. Brady Quinn was seen warming up on the sidelines, but he wasn’t needed. Tebow has been undergoing rehab this week, but he should be ready for the team’s offseason program.

Tebow spoke with Mike Klis of the Denver Post on Tuesday and reflected on the year.

“I was looking back the other day and to think that just 17 weeks ago I was playing receiver,” Tebow said.

In Week Two, injuries at wide receiver forced Tebow to take some emergency snaps out wide against the Bengals. Now Tebow has been named the team’s starting quarterback by John Elway heading into camp next year.

“Nice,” Tebow said. “It’s a great honor to be a quarterback for the Denver Broncos. I take that very seriously. I’m very excited about this offseason and I can’t wait to get to work and get better.”

Tebowmania isn’t going anywhere. It’s just taking a quick break. And that break will end with a vengeance if Tebow shows up to make the rounds at the Super Bowl.

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40 Responses to “Tebow suffered rib injury against Patriots”
  1. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jan 18, 2012 8:57 AM

    so THAT’S why they lost!

  2. ballsooharduniversity says: Jan 18, 2012 8:57 AM

    and yet we are still talking about him?

  3. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 18, 2012 8:58 AM

    God forgot to be his rib protector.

  4. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jan 18, 2012 9:00 AM

    at least they weren’t foolish enough to concoct a silly story and say he had a broken rib and a punctured lung.

  5. hooks024 says: Jan 18, 2012 9:00 AM

    You’re wrong. Brady quinn was needed. There’s no way he could have completed LESS passes than tebow.

  6. knn9413 says: Jan 18, 2012 9:00 AM

    I didnt really think the Pats defense could hurt someone…that is a first !!

  7. mikeeg says: Jan 18, 2012 9:04 AM

    God made woman, with one of Tebows ribs…..

  8. docredskin says: Jan 18, 2012 9:05 AM

    The media won’t let this guy take a slam without reporting it, then they seem almost bitter that he gets so much coverage.

    He seems to be the person he portrays himself to be, so leave him alone for a few months and focus on the four remaining QB’s.

  9. bdfun400 says: Jan 18, 2012 9:06 AM

    how dare the pats defense hurt america’s most popular athlete. shame on them. fine everybody.

  10. r8danation says: Jan 18, 2012 9:08 AM

    Hallelujah… You shall be healed!

  11. dirtdawg55 says: Jan 18, 2012 9:09 AM

    It was the rib God made Eve out of. That’s why it was tender.

  12. shaner329 says: Jan 18, 2012 9:09 AM

    Just take some magic healing herbs and pray. Should heal you up pretty quick.

  13. hatesycophants says: Jan 18, 2012 9:10 AM

    Why do you sycophantic corporate media drones continue to feed this idiocy, all the while pretending it has a mind and momentum of its own?

  14. vaphinfan says: Jan 18, 2012 9:12 AM

    Say what you want about Tebow but in my eyes he still did the impossible……..go to the playoffs with John Fox as his head coach.

  15. wte1 says: Jan 18, 2012 9:14 AM

    How ironic that prior to the game Broncos fans were saying New England’s defense was awful and VonDoom will put Brady on his butt and inflict serious pain.

    Enjoy looking forward to the draft and FA Donks!

  16. cleverbob says: Jan 18, 2012 9:15 AM

    Luckily he was able to lay his hands upon himself, and all his afflictions were immediately healed.

  17. ampats says: Jan 18, 2012 9:17 AM

    Had to be the hit Shaun Ellis put on Tebow. He lit him up !!!

  18. claydefayette says: Jan 18, 2012 9:19 AM

    Tebow got blasted on that hit. I’m surprised he stayed in the game.

  19. indywilson40 says: Jan 18, 2012 9:26 AM

    Skip Bayless now has another excuse for Tebow.

  20. duanethomas says: Jan 18, 2012 9:28 AM

    Wow! Romo and Vick played with broken ribs, Tebow must be the toughest quarterback ever. His feats are becoming legendary and if he wouldn’t gotten hurt, a comeback would have been in order. Thanks for that information, good thing to know he was the only player this weekend to play through pain.

    Profootball Talk = Tebow 24/7

  21. broncobeta says: Jan 18, 2012 9:35 AM

    duanethomas says:
    Jan 18, 2012 9:28 AM
    Wow! Romo and Vick played with broken ribs, Tebow must be the toughest quarterback ever. His feats are becoming legendary and if he wouldn’t gotten hurt, a comeback would have been in order. Thanks for that information, good thing to know he was the only player this weekend to play through pain.

    Profootball Talk = Tebow 24/7
    ——————————————-

    What article were you reading? Can you even read?

  22. CKL says: Jan 18, 2012 9:35 AM

    Can anyone imagine what the Pro Bowl roster is going to look like for the AFC QBS? Brady won’t go, BR won’t go probably, Tebow may not go if they pick him as an injury replacement. Looks like Rivers will rule! I hope Dalton gets to go honestly. IMO he really should have gotten the nod as the third guy anyway.

    I know the PB game is lame, but it’s still a football like substance and I like to see the first timers on my team especially, so I watch it.

  23. jetblackninja says: Jan 18, 2012 9:36 AM

    –The injury happened early in the second half of the game –

    Game was over by halftime anyways.

  24. ibreathefootball says: Jan 18, 2012 9:43 AM

    Brady was playing Tecmo Super Bowl on the Broncos Secondary! But then again, Denver’s pass defense was 28th in the NFL in pass efficiency.

    Overall the Broncos exceeded expectations, especially after starting the season 1-4 and sticking in that guy that “can’t throw” (lol @ that one every time). I would say it was a good season when you knock the Steelers out of the Wild Card Playoffs, and your wins over the Jets, Chargers, Raiders essentially knocked those teams out of the playoffs. I look forward to another wild/lucky as hell ride out of this team next season!

  25. stupadassle says: Jan 18, 2012 9:53 AM

    Just because you don’t like the guy, don’t call him fake.

  26. bullcharger says: Jan 18, 2012 9:55 AM

    Just like the wildcat that Miami unleashed on the league a few years ago, whatever Denver did played to Tebow’s strengths and won them a bunch of games. As we also know with the Wildcat, it was a fad and once teams figured out an adequate defense, Miami were done.

    Same goes for Denver. Run first QBs don’t win Super bowls.

    Look at the list of superbowl winning QBs. There’s some guys that can run, but they were all known for their passing for the most part. What Tebow did against the Steelers was something he can work from, but he has to change to succeed in the NFL next year.

  27. qdog112 says: Jan 18, 2012 9:59 AM

    It actually should’ve helped his passing… Just kidding – no I’m not. So now he gets the sympathy treatment bestowed upon other failures, like the guy in Dallas – uhm, what’s his name? If the media would only let these guys rise and fall on their ability. I guess that’s asking too much.

    Hey that’s an idea, send Tebow to Dallas. I hear ole Jerry has some circus dates open for his building. I can see it now … Romo and Tebow or Tebow and Romo – excuse me.

  28. blackcatnfl says: Jan 18, 2012 10:08 AM

    That would explain why he couldn’t pull off a 35 point comeback in the 2nd half! I was wondering…

  29. returnofmeezle says: Jan 18, 2012 10:50 AM

    I hate how much press Tebow gets, but I love how hard he works and competitive he is

  30. rayguyreturns says: Jan 18, 2012 10:59 AM

    Running quarterback = short career

  31. vuudu says: Jan 18, 2012 11:37 AM

    Now it all makes sense. How can you beat the number 1 defense and then lose to the number 31th defense in the league?

  32. r8drsfan says: Jan 18, 2012 11:56 AM

    vaphinfan says:
    Jan 18, 2012 9:12 AM
    Say what you want about Tebow but in my eyes he still did the impossible……..go to the playoffs with John Fox as his head coach.

    ———————-
    Impossible?? the “Broncos”(not Tebow) got into the wildcard by default & got lucky with the Steelers.. They finally bumped into a good team again & BROKE yet again.. I can admit the Broncos have a good team & the reason why they aren’t gonna get far its cause they need to revolve around the team not just Tebow.

  33. realitypolice says: Jan 18, 2012 11:59 AM

    I really don’t understand what the Broncos are doing.

    They went from not wanting to play him at all to refusing to take him out when he was playing horribly AND was injured.

    Is Brady Quinn THAT horrific a QB? And if so, why didn’t they have a better option for a backup?

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again. I get it- the Broncos won a bunch of games with him starting.

    But I bet if you took a poll of every GM in the league and asked them to pick a QB to start a franchise with, they would name every single NFL starter, and probably quite a few backups and several college players before they would name Tebow.

  34. lunarpie says: Jan 18, 2012 12:09 PM

    The only reason the Broncos were in the playoffs was because the AFC West was horrible this year. How often do 3 teams in one division have the same record 8-8 and be looked at with respect. Tebow’s wins came in games when the other team beat themselves and his stats were horrible. The Tebow story will end next year when the Chargers and Raiders get a decent coach.

  35. patsfiend says: Jan 18, 2012 12:22 PM

    More than just the ribs.
    His heart was broken, just like
    Ali in Manila.

  36. 707Raiders707 says: Jan 18, 2012 1:04 PM

    his reputation exceeds his talents too much

  37. mecheng04 says: Jan 18, 2012 3:30 PM

    1) I’m an unapologetic Tebow fan.
    2) Quarterbacks get hurt or play hurt all the time. Whether he got hurt or not, they weren’t going to win that game. This shouldn’t even be newsworthy.
    3) There’s no question Tebow needs work as a passer, but he certainly has shown promise.
    4) Aaron Rodgers missed about as many throws against the 49ers as Tebow missed against the Pats (and his receivers dropped a bunch of balls). I don’t see that Aaron Rodgers guy making it in this league (sarcasm if you can’t figure that out already).
    5) The stat comparison done by Peter King between Orton’s first five starts this year and Tebow’s last five starts ignores a couple major things….
    a) Kyle Orton was a 7 year pro with only marginally better stats while Tebow is much less experienced.
    b) Tebow’s running threat significantly improved the Broncos running game (and this wasn’t even considered)

  38. thefalloficarus84 says: Jan 18, 2012 5:43 PM

    I’m sorry, but if you consider beating the Chargers, Jets, and the Raiders to back into a wildcard slot and just barely edge out a broken steelers team an accomplishment…well there really isn’t much more to be said about that now is there?

    I’ve got respect for Tebow. Given his circumstances, there aren’t alot of people who’d be able to perform anywhere close to that level. Had he stayed a reciever, or even put on a few pounds to try his hand at tight end I probably would even like him. But as a QB I’d say he’s pretty lucky to have gotten his start in the AFC…he’s got a long way to go

  39. fjdk4444 says: Jan 18, 2012 7:18 PM

    That was God trying to do a do over since the rib from Adam didn’t work out so well

    Let woman come from Tebow

  40. buzzbissinger says: Jan 19, 2012 1:01 AM

    “Tebowmania isn’t going anywhere. It’s just taking a quick break. And that break will end with a vengeance if Tebow shows up to make the rounds at the Super Bowl.”

    Sounds like an accurate and dissapointing forcast.

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