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. Alex in Wisconsin

    Oh, that explains everything. The Tebow Miracle didn't happen because he was injured. case closed. Tebow"s the greatest.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • MajorMark

      He was injured because the Devil is stronger than jesus. If jesus was on his side, would've never been hurt.
      No wonder heaven is trying to raise an army to fight Satan. Satan is infiniately stronger!

      January 19, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • BethTX

      How come these fanatics don't blame God when things go wrong? "Well, I didn't catch the pass because the Good Lord knocked me down."

      January 19, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Alec Berg

      @Alex. You're a fraud alex. Let's hear you explain about your precious aaron rodgers who made it no further than tebow. Think about that, alex, aaron rodgers got off the same bus stop as tebow in the playoffs. The packers are far worse frauds than broncos, far worse bro. The big dream season, only to be halted by the giants! The giants that were beaten 5 weeks ago by a poor eagles team with vince young at the helm. The packers were destroyed by sheli manning and the giants!! hahahaha Stay in wisconsin alex, your brain got off at the same bus stop as the packers.

      January 19, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Let's hear you explain about your precious aaron rodgers who made it no further than tebow."

      That big chunk of gold on Rodgers left hand is commonly referred to as a superbowl ring.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. THThite

    Tebow has an ironic yard-tossage that coinsides with his religion:

    Tebow has a significant injury that costs him the game, and others:
    [insert typical christian excuse here to loop the thought around in attempt to be a JESUS CONFIRMED result]

    January 19, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joe T.

    So much for his prayers for "safety".

    Why are they making a big deal out of this? He sustained the injury when the game was way out of reach. Stop trying to make it seem like he played the whole game through that and that is why they lost.

    Get well soon young man.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Vine

    Hold on tight. As soon as he gets out of the hospital and fully recovers from injury, brace for maximum sappy religious story about how he prayed for healing and received it.

    (and neglects to thank the doctors, since they are the real healers)

    calling it now.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Zeppelin

      Agree. Calling it now, calling it right.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. sielingfan

    If only more christians would get badly injured.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • elections are rigged

      You are a pretty horrible person ya know.

      January 19, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. F


      January 19, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      As an atheist, I find your comment to be both mean and stupid. That's a bad combination, sielingfan.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • kel505

      It's funny how any article about Tebow brings out the malcontents, the disgruntled, the peevish, and the just-plain-stupid.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Evan

    I wouldn't say he "heaved an 80-yard touchdown"... more like a 15 yard slant route, a broken tackle, and a reeeeally fast receiver

    January 19, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Not to mention 9 in the box so that there was zero coverage past the line of scrimmage.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    Not surprised it happened. I mean Jesus had to suffer before the events that lead up to him saving the World. Guess Tebow will have to suffer a little before his big comeback in winning the Super Bowl next year.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Was jesus a 48% passer?

      January 19, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Tim Tebow will NEVER win a Super Bowl. Period.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BethTX

    God isn't holding up His end of the bargain, apparently. Tim Teabag makes a big show of kneeling on national TV and God keeps him from injury.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I don't hate Teblow for his religious beliefs, I don't like him because he's a TERRIBLE QUARTERBACK. I'm just tired of people making excuses for his bad play because he's "such a nice guy". There are lots of nice guys in the world and in the NFL; stop making this guy out to be some kind of saint. Oh, and I'm a Charger fan, so I don't like the donkeys on principle. 🙂

      January 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nancy G

    While I applaud him for playing through pain, the game was lost when the injury happened. It wouldn't have mattered one way or the other.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. jake

    Where's your God Now Tebow? (Ala edward g robinson ten commandments)

    January 19, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mr. F

    "Tebow suffered torn cartilage where his first rib attaches to his sternum"

    I suffered this same injury in 9th grade football after being speared in the chest. Even now 30 years later, I can still pop my rib out of my sternum if I stretch my shoulders back far enough.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • snowfd

      Eeeewwwww! Does it hurt when you do that?

      January 19, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. F

      It doesn't exactly feel good, but it doesn't hurt. Makes an interesting sound, though.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      I have the SAME injury too, which I got my freshman year trying to bench press too much. I can pop my chest and it completely grosses people out. It doesn't hurt, though.

      January 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. angryoldguy

    Don't knock the guy for his beliefs. The Broncos were just outclassed by the Patriots. I say good luck to him next year & get well soon. If you make a big deal about his religious tendencies, you are just as tedious as his religious fans. It's simple, they lost to a better team. "Nuff said!

    January 19, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Well put, angryoldguy. Thank you.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. Portland tony

    Don't you have a sports blog? This is old news. The man plays in a violent sport and QB's do get injuries. If he's going to continue in the NFL, he's gonna do just what all injured players do. Rest and rehabilitate. Tim Tebow has proven he can play with the best. He just needs improve his game, maximize his strengths and minimize his weaknesses. Good luck next season Mr. Tebow!

    January 19, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Robert

    Let Jesus heal him. Oh, he's supposed to be Jesus isn't he? He's finished!

    January 19, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. silliness

    Jesus didn't want him to win so he had him injured. Who knew Jesus had so much in common with Jeff Gillooly?

    January 19, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
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