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. Charles Hubbard

    Tebow is not the same at all times.
    He honors God... then dishonors God by honoring the pagan goddess NIKE.

    This is what God shared with me...

    Tebow's 1st Playoff game represents honoring God
    Tebow's 2nd Playoff game represents honoring the pagan goddess NIKE.

    Read what God has to teach Tim Tebow at...
    http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

    January 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAISHI

      No need to spew your ignorance around here.

      January 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • cmxsmitty

      Put the bong down.

      January 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silly Me

      Wow. What planet are you from. I guess you also protest the days of the week, since many of them are named after Pagan gods, and some of the months are named after pagan gods too. And of course you are against Easter eggs and Halloween and Christmas trees and mistletoe and holly etc etc. And you must hate Catholicism too, since there are lots of pre-Christian elements with them too.

      January 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silly Me

      I think its neat that Thursday is named after the pagan god Thor, god of thunder, and Wednesday is named after Woden, etc, etc. In French and Spanish the days are mostly named after the planets, and this is also pagan origin. And July is named after Julius Ceasar, and August is named after Augustus Ceasar. Go throw yourself off a bridge.

      January 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoodNTrue

      Charles, if you and other Christians like you actually did a little historical study on your own religion, you would know that many of your sacred stories (Myths, Folktales, and Fairy Tales), like Noah's ark, Samson & Delilah... and many others, actually originated from pagan stories (Myths, Folktales, and Fairy Tales). Christianity is really a slightly evolved pagan religion, and not evolved in a good way. Actually, if you really think about it the only real difference is that Christianity removed women from their myths and treat them as inferior, whereas the Pagans respected them more as equals.

      January 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • b0bc@t

      Blessed Be – Good n True

      January 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Black

      The Judaic authors plagiarized long pre-existing astrological relgions. The son (sun) of god from unknown source, manifest in flesh on the earth from the heavens, born of a virgin, the only pure and sinless, killed for blood and human sacrifice for sin, risen the 3rd day from the grave, risen back to the sky....... were all pagan religious doctrine long before the hebrews stole and edited the stories.

      Numerous claimed christ figures predated the Jewish messiah. Horus, Zoroaster, Dionysus, Romulus, Krishna, too name just a few. Xmas and Easter were also pagan harvest festival and solstice holidays assimilated into the christian religion. Basically, christianity is no different than any other pagan invisible god religion derived by men to control the masses through selective and exlusive "divine" interpretaion, manipulation of ignorance, and fear of the "unknown".

      January 19, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • b0bc@t

      Blessed Be – Good n True
      In Ireland the "Book of Kells" the Irish bible that sits in Trinity College Library is full of ornate pictures and drawings to attract the Pagans and lure them to the Christian religion. And as stated also, the Christmas Tree, the Easter celebration and Halloween are all variations of Pagan celebrations to mark Winter, Spring, and to celebrate the saints and souls departed, as in Hispanic cultures, the day of the dead, "Dia de la Muerte"
      Groundhog day and Cinco de Mayo are also quarterly divisions of the year, offset from the typical month and seasonal start / finish
      Why remove the feminine characteristics and virtues? ....... Do we ask a priest? Fables and myths abound!

      Sun day ... Moon day ... Zues day ..... Odens day...Thors day ...Friggas day .... Saturn day -l tributes to gods and nature
      Janus ... Mars ....Julius .... Agustus – months names – ten months turned to twelve with the "julian calendar, hence Sept – Dec originally were seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth month respectively All hail myths and legends if we know it or not

      January 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • gfy

      Does God ever disagree with you?

      January 19, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ravensun

      Wow.

      January 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • JLV

      b0bc@t what exactly do Christians have to do with groundhog day or cinco de mayo. Some of you are going overboard. While it is true that some pagan celebrations have similarities or were out and out co-opted to bring them in to the Christian Church. Such as Christmas and Easter. Other things are just plain stretches. Such as compaing similar stories and saying that one necessarily came from the other. The Romans and Greeks were notorious for finding a few similarities between their gods and gods of other cultures and then declaring them the same when other than a few similar qualities they might be completely different in function. And the person who tried to compare Krishna and Jesus Christ as having similar stories, that has already been debunked. While Krishna preceeded Christ, the stories and similar qualities were tacked on after Christ by people faithful to Krishna trying to convert Christians. See Christians aren't the only people who deceptively try to suck people in. And using myths and lies that agree with your point of view is just as bad. Enlightenment comes from truth, not lies. And candles don't cast shadows, but that which blocks the light does.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hair Bear

    Like I said before when your on your knees, thank god for keeping you safe from bodily harm! Do this every game not just for the win!

    January 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Black

      Looks like Tebow can get on his knees and thank his god figment for injured ribs, chest and fluid in his lungs. Here's a clue, that is bodily damage that he was not protected from.

      January 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big Game James

    Don't think Tebow is making a big deal out it. The media and the idoliters are. Kid is a great football player, less than average QB. That's all.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Izzy

    Im a christian, but im not overly religious. yeah i believe in God,yet sometimes i dont get why he does some things, But i DONT and WILL NEVER start bagging people for their beliefs. that is just disrespectful and i would never do that because i know how to be respectful. I respect Tebow as a person. I rooted for him in Florida but i'm not a fanatic or a "jesustard" (jerk -_-). i don't get why ya'll are so hyped up about it. b/c i see soccer players wearing crosses and i see baseball players thanking God for a home run they hit. so why can't Tebow get on one knee to say thanks? i mean seriously people! unicorns,banging supermodels? is that all that go through your thick skulls? and just b/c Tebow is a virgin doesnt mean he's gay, he's just waiting for the right woman. AND he got hurt playing football and he finished a game off injured that happens in football many times. Pro or not. I don't think Tebow's the best quarterback but i respect him and if he was a diffrent religion i bet ya'll would just LOVE him.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      Because praying in public is condemned by the scriptures. Read the book.

      January 19, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Granny

    Tell them Izzy! Many of us could use a bit of Tebow-humility. Mud slinging at Tebow just won't stick. Know why? He represents something greater than himself. He gives credit to Lord as greater than himself!

    January 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      I see this "set back" for Mr. Tebow as punishment from above for wasting his talents playing childish games instead of doing the work of the minor storm deity he so obnoxiously waves in our faces.

      January 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Tell them Izzy! Many of us could use a bit of Tebow-humility"

      I guess if you define humility as flaunting your religious beliefs.

      January 20, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Big D

    This is just another excuse for Tebow maniacs on why the Broncos didn't go all the way to the Super Bowl. They got their butts kicked a few weeks ago and the exact same outcome happened the second time. Didn't he get hurt in the third quarter when they were already down 35 to 7? Brady had more touchdown passes than Tebow had completions. I'm not blaming Tebow because clearly the Broncos offensive line played like they were mad at Tebow. That was the most ridiculous display of blocking in the history of the game. Broncos defense was just as terrible. Brady did not even break sweat during the game. He used up more energy doing the post game interviews. I commend him for playing while injured (it shows a lot of heart) but he should of known that it would not have made a bit of a difference.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Izzy

    i'm a 14 year old and i know all of you haters are acting worse than the immature idiots at my school about this.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      If you really are 14 years old then you have zero real life experience and therefore really don't know sh it about anything.

      January 20, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. BKkm23

    It's frustrating that people keep bringing up Michael Vick. The man saw more poverty and hardship in a day than most of us will see in an entire lifetime. He made terrible mistakes and did unspeakable things. At the end of it all he served his time, never made excuses, spoke from the heart and didnt shy away from the situation. i thought Christians were taught to forgive. It makes no sense to continue to chastise a man for something he did to animals when every day there is another story of a priest raping a young boy. I repeat: raping a young boy.

    January 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      I hate to be the bringer of bad news BUT little boys and dogs are both animals. Harming either one is just as bad as the other. Also there are just as many Protestant pastors diddling around with the little girls and boys in heir flocks as well. Sin is prescribed in the holy books. They say nothing on this issue either for or against the "sinfulness" this illegal behavior.

      Their crimes are a matter of social policies and current law. It is not a matter of faith. Period. But I can understand that most Xtians are completely ignorant of what the Bible demands from them and there are very few of those that actually practice anything resembling the life that they profess to believe.

      January 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fr33th1nk3r

    They lost. Drop the Tebow hype already– he is NOT God's gift to football or even a serviceable NFL QB.

    January 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      maybe so, but the guy played with more passion, commitment, ans character than 90% of the athletes in all of pro sports. Maybe you are of the Charles Barkley camp and you believe that all athletes are NOT role models. I would find it difficult to explain to my children that "yeah, DAD sits around eating chips, drinking beer and watching football for 6 hours on Sunday, but none of them are really good role models for you". I hope you have a life outside of this and any other forum you spew onto, but I doubt it.

      January 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ravensun

      Passion? Commitment? Character? Is that what you call risking your career by playing that badly injured? That's not what I'd call it. I would call it more of all of the above if he'd had the guts to STOP playing when he knew he was seriously hurt instead of trying to "play through it."

      January 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "maybe so, but the guy played with more passion, commitment, ans character than 90% of the athletes in all of pro sports"

      Really, you know for a fact he has more passion, committment and character than 90% of the NFL because of one very really bad season as a QB?

      How nicely judgmental of you to assume he is better than 90% of the other players. That is oh so christian of you."

      I would find it difficult to explain to my children that "yeah, DAD sits around eating chips, drinking beer and watching football for 6 hours on Sunday, but none of them are really good role models for you"."

      I would find it hard to explain to my children that they should look up to a guy who has the ABSOLUTE WORST passing statistics in the NFL, and is famous just because he spouts his beliefs in a magical sky wizard every time some dopey reporter puts a microphone in his face.

      Yeah, great role model. The worst in his industry at what he does. Famous for no other reason than flaunting his religion.

      January 20, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joe Black

    Nobody forces Tebow to preach his delusional religion at every football interview. This is a natural reaction to adults who still talk to imaginary friends.

    January 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tylenol666

    Get well our Hero! and thank you for making or kids know God 🙂

    January 19, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. c bradley street

    thats what happens when you play the read option in the nfl... your quarterback becomes a runningback and runningbacks in this league last 4.5 years....tick tock timmy.

    January 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gfy

    Character? Seems to be more aligned with stupidity. But of course, America loves this sort of thing.

    January 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ravensun

    Mr. Tebow, I understand you're a terrific quarterback. But kids look up to you. Playing through an injury like that one was RIDICULOUSLY STUPID, and a very poor example. Next time, think of who might try it because "Tebow did and he was OK" and what might happen to them. The "play through it" mentality has got to go before someone gets themselves killed in the name of sports. Next time you're seriously injured, get off the #@!%^$ field and set a GOOD example, like you say you're doing when you drop on one knee. And thank your God that you're still breathing. PHENOMENALLY STUPID MOVE. Jeesh!

    January 19, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Mr. Tebow, I understand you're a terrific quarterback"

      He is a treeible quarterback. Last in the league in passing yards and completion %.

      "But kids look up to you"

      Only the dumb ones.

      January 20, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jason L.

    It's ironic how religion sucks the life out of everything.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
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