Tim Tebow was in street clothes Sunday because of broken ribs, leaving Greg McElroy to take over for Mark Sanchez when the Jets made a quarterback change in the third quarter.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said that the team hasn’t decided on their quarterback for Week 14’s visit to Jacksonville, Tebow’s hometown. As you’d imagine, Tebow was asked about the prospect of starting on Monday. While admitting Jacksonville is a special place for him, Tebow said he viewed it “as another game” and that he wasn’t into hypotheticals when it came to who would be in the starting lineup. He also said that he feels he could have played against the Cardinals on Sunday.
“Could I have pushed, went out there and played? I think I could have managed it,” Tebow said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “I feel like I’m healing up.”
Ryan had a less enthusiastic take on Tebow’s health, saying he wasn’t close to 100 percent. Generally speaking, it’s a good thing that players aren’t the sole arbiters of their fitness to play in a game. The quarterback had more x-rays taken on Sunday and the results of those will determine how much he’s able to do in practice this week.
The Jets haven’t shown an inclination toward making Tebow their starting quarterback this season and opted not to go with him in several other games when Sanchez struggled as much as he did against the Cardinals. It’s not unthinkable that they could turn to Tebow now, but it feels like the least likely of the three options available to Ryan.