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Tim Tebow has two broken ribs

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New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow had to undergo X-rays following the team’s 28-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks three weeks ago. Since then he’s been listed on the injury report with a rib injury and was questionable heading into Thursday night’s game against the New England Patriots.

A league source told PFT that he would be a game-time decision and it was possible he wouldn’t play even if he was active.

That’s exactly what happened Thursday night. Tebow was active for the game but did not play in the 49-19 blowout loss to the Patriots.

Now the severity of Tebow’s rib injury has become more clear. According to Mike Garafolo of the USA Today, Tebow said after the game that he has two fractured ribs.

Head coach Rex Ryan said after the game he was only going to use Tebow if absolutely necessary.

“As the week went on it seemed to get progressively worse,” Ryan said. “He had practiced and things but it just seemed like a couple days ago I was noticing him like, man, you could tell he was hurt.”

Ryan said he thought Tebow got worse as the week went along. He said he noticed Tebow’s breathing on the practice field sounding more difficult than usual and it made him re-evaluate his availability.

“Well shoot, I’m not going to play this kid,” Ryan said of realizing how much pain Tebow was experiencing. “I wouldn’t play my son if it was that kind of situation.

“If we absolutely have to have it to win a football or whatever then we may consider it. But to me that would be the only way that we were going to play Tim. The only way I was going to play him.”

So why was Tebow active and third-string quarterback Greg McElroy inactive?

Ryan said it was because Tebow had taken the backup reps throughout the week of practice coupled with Tebow feeling he’d be able to play if needed during pregame warmups.

“The thought did go through my mind to possibly deactivate him but when he came out here he felt that if he had to go he could get it done and that was my decision,” Ryan said.

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27 Responses to “Tim Tebow has two broken ribs”
  1. txbearmeat says: Nov 23, 2012 12:37 AM

    Ryan and Tannenbaum need to leave the NFL for good. And Woody Johnson, if you could be fired, you would be. You suck at owning an NFL team.

    This coming from a Packer fan who does not care one way or the other about the Jets.

  2. drgfri says: Nov 23, 2012 12:41 AM

    Bad coaching… Why dress him if he had no chance to play. Rex is a clown and needs to go. Put a lap band on his mouth!

  3. patsfan22 says: Nov 23, 2012 12:48 AM

    He couldn’t activate McElroy because then they would have a viable quarterback to come in and replace Sanchez.

  4. jagsfanugh says: Nov 23, 2012 1:04 AM

    Well, it’s not like him playing would have altered the score much. 2 terrible quarterbacks on the Jets.

  5. mattypbillsmafia says: Nov 23, 2012 1:09 AM

    Who. Cares.

  6. hawks1124 says: Nov 23, 2012 1:15 AM

    I’m starting to feel bad for the Jets. The lack of depth on both sides of the ball is glaring, but I blame the GM for that. Rex should hire Norv Turner to be his Offensive coordinator should Rex stay on, and Norv get fired.

  7. purplengold says: Nov 23, 2012 1:18 AM

    Mr. Tebow has character.

  8. eddardofthehousestark says: Nov 23, 2012 1:31 AM

    Does anyone else feel like Tebow is too good for the Jets?

  9. raiderspride says: Nov 23, 2012 1:35 AM

    WOW. This is getting crazy. Poor Tim, he is like a lighting rod.

    The Discovery Channel’s television show MAYDAY should devote an episode on this Jet Crash. Perhaps Woody should just bring in the F.A.A. as G.M. and Head Coach.

  10. Savage Lizard says: Nov 23, 2012 1:36 AM

    Injury to a backup scrub QB, complete non-story.

  11. helix828 says: Nov 23, 2012 1:51 AM

    Ok. A back up is injured. Why is this news?

  12. marionbarber24isgod says: Nov 23, 2012 2:41 AM

    Ha!!

  13. the1849ers says: Nov 23, 2012 3:17 AM

    He broke one playing football. The other was a trade with god for women on earth.

  14. hcdbus says: Nov 23, 2012 3:57 AM

    Well since Gronk broke his forearm on an extra point, I guess Tebow could break his ribs on punt protection

  15. ilovecostcobut says: Nov 23, 2012 5:15 AM

    Rex is so full of it…

  16. jimmylions says: Nov 23, 2012 5:43 AM

    The good news for Tebow is that injury only hurts when you breathe.

  17. ilovefootball2525 says: Nov 23, 2012 5:48 AM

    Even with broken ribs, I think he would have played better than Sanchez against the Patriots.

  18. cowboychris5xchamps says: Nov 23, 2012 6:15 AM

    Why is anything about little Timmy Rah-Rah even considered news? What a waste of a first round pick!!!!!!!!!

  19. rulonrasp says: Nov 23, 2012 7:40 AM

    Yet another reason both Rex and Tannenbaum need to go

  20. snoopydog5471 says: Nov 23, 2012 7:50 AM

    Sooooo you leave a guy active that you have no intention of playing because of an injury and leave inactive a guy who could play? You then say it was because the injured guy you had no intent on playing took all the 2nd team snaps. Soooo seeing he was injured and you weren’t gonna play him you didn’t give the not injured guy any snaps. This brings about the question if Sanchez got hurt what was your plan?

  21. getyourownname says: Nov 23, 2012 8:28 AM

    Why would Tebow want to risk serious injury by temporarily subbing for an ineffective QB whose coach says he wouldn’t make a permanent change anyway?

    Especially since he will have a new coach next year anyway, no matter what.

  22. pftcensorssuck says: Nov 23, 2012 9:02 AM

    How in God’s name do you go into a must-win game against your division rival, with a back-up QB that you know has broken ribs…?

    Ryan already had zero faith in Tebow as it was.

    Just another sign that this guy has no clue how to run a successful team.

  23. slaughterrt says: Nov 23, 2012 9:24 AM

    Are there any other backup player injuries that we should know about? I mean this is definitely headline news material because…I dont know.

    I guess maybe Timmy wouldn’t be able to lead the Thanksgiving prayer?

  24. jimmyshultz says: Nov 23, 2012 10:07 AM

    Welcome all to 2012s version of Raiders east!!

  25. ernie ernie says: Nov 23, 2012 10:38 AM

    Good ol Timmy. Standing on the sidelines next to the head coach with the look, hey coach put me in I’m ready to take over.

    To me he is creating all this controversy and its getting worse as per the play last night. The Jets heads are not on football. Too much time spent on controversy in the locker room and not enough on the field practice.

    Tebow has been doing the talk show circuit promoting himself and saying he is ready to to whatever the team needs of him. You know he is doing this behind the scenes with a handfull of team mates too. I think he has a way of turning some to his side and then things get ugly, especially for Sanchez.

  26. dtr3e says: Nov 23, 2012 11:34 AM

    I love the Jets, I like Ryan, but things need to change big time. They need to bring in players that can actually play. Vlad is horrible why is he still on the roster? Hill can’t catch why is he on the field so much. I swear I see Sanchez pull the ball back and then he realizes who it is and he pulls it back in, just to get sacked. Fire the G.M, the owner and the players.

  27. capecotton says: Nov 23, 2012 11:38 AM

    The reason you leave him active is because you want the Patriots to have to waste some of their preparation dealing with how to handle the Tebow packages (which sounds lewd). I get it and it borders on disingenuous but that’s the only reason he did it.

    If the Patriots knew the full extent of the injury and that Tebow would not play, they would have been EVEN MORE prepared to destroy his team. I’m guessing the Patriots didn’t waste much time prepping for Tebow because they’ve already beaten him handily in the past and with smart leaders like Wilfork and Mayo they would adjust on the fly, if needed.

    (If Belichick suited up an injured player that he had no intention of playing, the haters would be squealing like stuck little pigs.)

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