Reports: Tebow sustained significant injuries in playoff game
Tim Tebow, No. 15, is sacked by the New England Patriots during Saturday's playoff game in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
January 19th, 2012
10:22 AM ET

Reports: Tebow sustained significant injuries in playoff game

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was so seriously injured in Saturday's playoff loss to the New England Patriots that he probably wouldn't have been able to play in this weekend's conference final had the Broncos won, according to news reports.

Tebow suffered torn cartilage where his first rib attaches to his sternum, a bruised lung and fluid buildup in the pleural cavity, the space between the lungs and the membrane that surrounds them, ESPN first reported, citing an NFL source.

The Denver Post also reported the injuries, citing an NFL source, and said Tebow would have been unlikely to play in the AFC conference final.

Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth told ESPN he could not confirm the extent of Tebow's injuries but said the quarterback played in considerable pain after injuring himself near the start of the third quarter.

Tebow acknowledged playing hurt in his post-game comments, according to the ESPN report. Both reports said Broncos coach John Fox had Tebow's backup, Brady Quinn, warming up to take over, but Tebow wanted to stay in the game even though, by that time, victory was well out of the Broncos' reach.

"I just wanted to show character. You just continue to fight and it doesn't change who you are, how you play, how you go out there, you should be the same at all times. That's what I wanted to show, it didn't matter if it was the first play or the last play or you were down by 42. I was going to be the same player and I was still going to give everything I have. Because that's all I have to give," ESPN quoted Tebow as saying.

Tebow is being treated for the injuries this week in Denver, the Post reported.

Both the Post and ESPN said Tebow is unlikely to play in the Pro Bowl, the NFL's all-star game, in Honolulu on January 29. Tebow was chosen as a second alternate for the AFC squad.

Though his team lost to the Patriots 45-10 Saturday, Tebow won accolades the week before when his Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23 in a first-round playoff game. Tebow heaved an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime to beat the Steelers.

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  1. Jason L.

    And enough about this Tebow hypocrite, he's not even a good quarterback, I have watched NFL for the last 30 years, and he ranks near the bottom in QB talent. For real. What makes this dude so special to you all? He won't even be starting after game 3 next year, bet me, put your money on the table.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • tino

      special? he's in the fact of who he is and what he truly stands for. hypocrite? you sound very unhappy,my friend. breath,relax,enjoy life. all this your getting worked up about is just a game.

      January 20, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "special? he's in the fact of who he is and what he truly stands for"

      Could you please explain how someone stands for being the worst passing QB in the NFL?

      January 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      You are talking out of your butt now....he has not done that bad for being in a half of a season...let him get some training, get a team behind him. He can't run the damn ball himself every play....As far as your will lose just like the ones who bet on him winning two national championships and being the youngest to ever win the Heisman...Best thing for you to do is keep your money in your wallet.........

      January 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOregon

      I have been watching football for more than 50 years, I remember before the AFL was created.
      Tebow has talent. Mostly he has heart, that is why he reminds me of so many winners.
      I am not a Tebow or Denver fan, I'm stuck with Seattle and secondly SF because I liked them before Seattle ever had a team.

      January 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat Fentiman

      You sound so what? A young QB who helped get his team to the playoffs? Who actually appears to be a nice guy?He shows potential as a QB, but that aside....why don't you take this anger and use it .....for kids with no food, or water. He may not be your "Man"....try Micheal Vick....

      January 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hack man

      Hey flacco.....bring some bandaids and some advil with ya!

      January 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "You are talking out of your butt now..he has not done that bad for being in a half of a season"

      He is dead last in the NFL in passing yards per game and pass completion.

      Those are facts, no butt talking involved.

      January 30, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. SAMM

    I am genuinely sorry for his injury and hope he eventually recovers, but, as crazy as it sounds, this might be God's will for him being such a blasphemous, untalented tool, via this stupid "Tebowing" non-sense. Since when did Tebow invent GENUFLECTING? And why are sheeple silly enough to adore this doofus and copy it? He's like the Kim Kardashian of QBs: I just can't figure out why he is famous.

    Oh, karma....

    January 20, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "He's like the Kim Kardashian of QBs"

      Brilliant, absoluetly brilliant.

      January 20, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "He's like the Kim Kardashian of QBs"

      Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

      January 20, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Kat Fentiman

      seek help.....immediatley!!!!!

      January 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris in VA

    Really! Hurt in the 3rd quarter of a blowout, and John Fox leaves him in the game?? So he risked the kid's future because Tebow wanted to stay in? Aren't head coaches supposed to be in charge? Never mind what one thinks of Tebow – the coach's decision to leave him in is indefensible.

    January 20, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. obamahastogobarb

    why are you all making such a big deal about TEBOW – he isn't. Most comments as these come from individuals who live their lives through others, from atop a bar stool at a local pub, or sports bar. You are such wastes of our time and energy. Why don't you go dig a real whole, instead of the one you spend most of your time sitting on.

    January 20, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Kat Fentiman

      he got hurt playing....not praying......comprende'???????

      January 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd Gack

      Dig a real "whole"....beautiful, just Tebow isn't as dumb as you

      January 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ted

    Man, he must suck at praying.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. awasis

    I guess Jesus abandoned him when he was most in need. Maybe he should start praying to Satan.

    January 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kat Fentiman

    You are mixing football up with religion, and Christianity up with character. He tried his best, he got hurt. He continued to try THEY lost..Isn't that just awful of him? He seems like a nice guy to me....It astounds me how many creeps there are out in the world that we revere, and you just cannot make any sense out of a nice we slam him. I am not a Christian; I'm just responding as a person who shares the Earth with you.......believe me, you have nastier fish to fry.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andrew

    Wasn't Jesus supposed to help him win?

    January 24, 2012 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jesseg

    Man! If Denver and Houston would have won.. it would have been Texans in the Super Bowl! Geesh

    January 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sean

    If only he had an arm. You can't teach throwing, great quarterbacks are born! Like great hitters in baseball! When he's off, he can't hit the broad side of a barn. He's big for a quarterback and can run. That's why he'll always get injured! He'll never be a Brady, Brees, Rodgers, or either Manning. They can fine tune his bad instincts and he'll be a maximum 5 season slightly above average quarterback, by the grace of Jesus! He's just a mere mortal and an average quarterback.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. The Woof

    Tim, playing smart is one thing, playing with what sounds like some serious injuries is stupid. You played hurt because it showed character? A good hit could have with the damage describe could have made you career real brief. If the Jay Cutler bruhaha influenced you to stay in the game then pray for wisdom okay?

    January 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rtbrno65

    The fact is that all the Tebow hype was because of his in-your-face piety. The NFL and the sports media pushed him as the face of the league because Roger Goodell wants to clean up the league's image after all the Michael Vick-Bill Romanowski-Randy Moss types. You had the Ben Roethlisberger scandal and Rae Carruth going to jail for murder and players testing positive for drugs etc. etc. Then Tim Tebow comes along with his scripture quote face paint and missionary parents and his mother not aborting him, so we got to hear about "Tebowing" and about how God is intervening on his behalf in games.

    January 31, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. gahh

    He's got until August to get well, poor thing.

    January 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Iamyourgod

    The horror, the horror. Why didn't Jesus save him from such a devastating injury? where is the justice? what is this country coming too? I just will not watch football anymore knowing our Lord could let such a thing happen, on National TV no less!!
    Does this mean idiots across the land will stop getting on one knee and pretending they are altar boys about to be deflowered by Catholic priests?
    Gawd, let's hope so.

    February 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
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