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. Joan

    There sure are some putrid haters in the anti Christian crowd. What is it like to go around spewing venom and ugliness all the time? Does it make you feel good? I am glad I am not a hater. If being a non-Christian is license to hate on people then I am glad I am a Christian. I think most of you are simply envious of a good and decent man and would like to bring him down to your level. Ain't going to happen.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Please get over this holier-than-thou crap!! I am a Christian and even I am getting
      sick and tired of people defending this nonsense that somehow God is directing
      Tebow's every play on the field. It is a ridiculously stupid idea !!

      January 19, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • caw

      Lot of hatred from many of the Christians as well. I personally do not care what religion you are as long as you keep it to yourself. Religion belongs in churches not governments.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Joan, try not to generalize. The anti-Christian statements on this thread don't represent all atheists. I, for one, couldn't care less which imaginary friend Tebow believes in, I just like to watch a good football game. However, claiming that people want to "bring him down" is a hateful statement in itself. Resentment can be caused by someone who publicly displays a faith that others don't share. There's an implied exclusivity, a pridefulnesss to it, and isn't pride one of the seven deadlies? I would prefer that athletes, celebrities, and politicians would all keep their personal beliefs to themselves.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • mfx3

      Please...Christians are one of the most hate-filled subcultures in existence.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • sielingfan

      right, mfx, see and that makes it okay.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      believe that the universe is 437 years old. I believe that it was created by unicorns. I believe that the unicorns sent bigfoot here to die so that I can spend eternity drinking free beer and banging supermodels.

      Absurd? yes.

      Any different than christianity? no.

      See why we make light of you?

      January 19, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      Both Christinsanity and Islame "feature" the revelation that all unbelievers will be persecuted and killed in the end times. As an unbeliever, that's an insult and a threat, and anyone who believes in it should be prosecuted or committed to an asylum.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Respect

      You do realize that not all non-christians are "anti-christians", so dont put all of us in the same boat. I will tell you though that if a christian comes to me spouting garbage or playing victim then yes i will become anti-christian because its getting older...(it was old 2000 years ago) So that being said please stop acting like everyone is out to get christians and hate them because if they werent so up in everyones face about their religion noone would bring it up...i know i just blew your mind with that amazingly difficult concept. A great man once said "dont start no sh!t and there wont be no sh!t" you could use a nickels worth of that.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      Well as it is in the USA, people have the right to display their religion however they want, wherever they want. So Tebow displaying it on the field, or actors/actresses displaying it in public scenes, or politicians going by the word of their religion is perfectly acceptable. Just like it is for Athiests to believe in nothing, and make it public that they dont.

      You can't have it one way, and expect the believers, whatever the religion, to not practice and show their faith because you (Athiests) dont like it. Frankly, if people are that offended by it, and choose to waste their emotions on such a ridiculous reason, then dont watch the broncos play.

      I am a believer of God, and if I saw a muslim NFL player bow to their God in their way after a successful play, I would not be on forums and comment sections being enfuriated.

      tl:dr Athiests, grow up. If your that offended by it, dont watch it.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. American

    I just wish the NFL and Major League baseball would change the dress code for coaches and require that they wear a suit or shirt and tie. I think it looks more classy. In European soccer, all the coaches dress formal and they look so professional. Perhaps that was why the old Dallas Cowboys were once considered America's Team with classy Tom Landry parading the sidelines in his fancy suit and hat. Yea, I miss Tom Landry and that little hitch and shift they had just before they snapped the football. When that idiotic owner fired Tom Landry and let Tony Dorsette go, that's when the mystic started to fade. Well, at least they still have nice cheer leaders!

    January 19, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • sideofbacon

      nothing like having to be in a suit and tie during a blizzard during the playoffs in Gilette Stadium... makes complete sense...

      January 19, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Also, Landry was old-school - he never wore that hat when they played in an indoor stadium. He once commented that his mother would be ashamed of him if he did.

      Sideofbacon, ever hear of an item called an overcoat? Men who wear suits to work use them all the time when it's cold outside. Some of them are very classy-looking.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      I can just see the NFL cutting a licensing deal with Men's Warehouse......

      January 19, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      Leaf on the wind, I believe you're thinking of Bum Phillips and his cowboy hat..

      January 19, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Dunlar

      A fashion conscious NFL fan?

      What do you do if synchronized swimming and the NFL playoffs are being aired at the same time?

      January 19, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • FJ59

      The moniker of America's Team had nothing to do with Tom Landry. It was a term used to describe the reason why CBS Sports chose to show only the Cowboys when the NFL and AFL merged. Turns out the Cowboys were the best team the AFL had and CBS wanted to have good ratings so their games were broadcast to most of the US.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Why should baseball coaches change what they wear? They look no different than players. It goes back to that whole player-coach thing.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • KateyDid

      Wearing a suit and tie shows absolutely no spirit for your team. Coaches are known for what they wear, and they show pride in their team due to this. Rex Ryan wears sweater vests, Belichick wears his half-sleeved sweatshirt, its what they've always worn. These coaches don't care about how they look to people, they care about how the game is played, football isn't about fashion, period.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. sandiego1969

    It can't be a serious injury because the league can't find a way to fine a Steelers player for the outrageous hit.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • sideofbacon

      why again would a Steelers player be fined for a hit Tebow got hurt on during the Patriots game? im confused...

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

      sandiego1969 doesn't read very well.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. edvhou812

    Well, someone is going to hell for this. God doesn't like it when his favorite player is hurt, and his favorite team loses by 5 TDs in a single game.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • DManInAZ

      If he were God's favorite, they wouldn't have lost.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Tebow and other true believers are always quick to credit god for their victories, but I have never heard one of them blaming god for their failures. I find that odd.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      I fear Dman doesn't get the concept of facetious.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |

    If he continues to run around scrambling to avoid sacks/extend plays he won't last very long. The body just can't take that. So, he'll have to stay in the pocket and throw, well...... I don't think he'll last very long doing that either.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • mtbronco

      Um, did you watch the game. he got hurt on this play when he WAS in THE POCKET! Most QB injuries do happen in the pocket by the way. He is actually safer outside where he can see and protect himself.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Um, did you watch the game. He got clobbered trying to get out of the pocket. If he had passed the ball, which is what 26 other QB's in the NFL do better than Tebow, he would not have gotten hit.

      January 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RedMan

    "If only more christians would get badly injured."

    The wishes of the average Democrat displayed nicely at CNN. No wonder they support a president who calls Americans with decency and compassion "the enemy" and a vice president who calls them "terrorists".

    Americans with decency and compassion wouldn't sit idly by two countries are invaded and occupied. Decent Americans have the COMMON SENSE to know that the last administration were Empire building. And before you get your below average IQ brain in a spin, and bring up 9/11 – ask yourself why if 95% of the terrorists were Saudi, why did they invade Afghanistand and Iraq.
    You see DECENT Americans have the ability to THINK critically. It's the sheeple that blindly follow any POTUS that parrots right-wing talking points while ruining the nation that are the real terrorists.
    America has been at WAR with one country or another for SEVENTY (70) years. At some point don't ya think it's time to try another tactic other than invading everyone and pretending to be the good guy??????

    January 19, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff In Oregon

    Who's Tebow?

    January 19, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • sideofbacon

      professional soccer player I do believe?

      January 19, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • glyder

      tebow=qb for the denver broncos.also a contreversy created by the media.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kathleen

    "I just wanted to show character". Huh? Insisting on staying in a game when you are seriously injured: a) doesn't help your team, b) doesn't help your future prospects, and c) denies another quarterback the opportunity to come in and make a difference. Tebow is all about Tebow. His poor judgement and self-centered showboating is a liability to the Broncos and himself.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • KateyDid

      Couldn't agree more!

      January 19, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      He's never been touted as being very smart...

      January 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mtbronco

    Wow, you all sum up American society. Happy when someone gets hurt? The story didn't say the Broncos would have won if Tebow wasn't hurt. Basically it gives props to Tebow for staying in a game that was lost even though he was hurt. Other QBs would have bailed and sat on the sideline injured. I hope all of you who bash Jesus know what you are doing. Satan is stronger? Puleeze! See how strong he is when you rot with him while those of us believers enjoy paradise with Jesus. God has a plan for just watch and see. Superbowl or no superbowl, win or no win, he is making a huge impact on a lot of people!

    January 19, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Your comment is every bit as hateful as those who are snickering over Tebow's injury.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "See how strong he is when you rot with him while those of us believers enjoy paradise with Jesus"

      Yes of course, the old "burn in hell" nonsense.

      So let me get this straight, you worship a magic sky fairy and I don't.

      Therefor, you get to ride unicorns down gold lined streets with free beer and all the supermodels you can bang for all eternity while I swim in a sea of lava.

      You actually believe that?

      Is the tooth fairy real?

      January 19, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • KateyDid

      Its a football stadium, not a church. Save your prayers for where people don't have to watch you do it. At this point, I honestly think he is doing quite a bit of it for show. NFL fans don't care about what God's plan is for him, they care about the game of football.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. atheist

    I wonder why his imaginary invisible friend not only made him lose, but got him injured. Well, when Tebow comes out of the closet, things will make a lot more sense...

    January 19, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. caw

    By the time Tebow got injured, there was no doubt he wasn't playing in the championship game anyway.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Leo

    I hope Tim can further refine his skills and incorporate more conventional modern day QB style into his game during this off season. Just imagine the ground threat then! Regardless, he is earning loads of respect on his behavior alone. Good luck Tim!

    January 19, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Chuck Anziulewicz

    But ... but ... I thought GOD was on Tim Tebow's side! I thought GOD was going to protect Tim Tebow from injury! I thought GOD was going to give the Broncos the Super Bowl!

    January 19, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dunlar

    Let the excuses begin!!!

    January 19, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. David

    He didn't HEAVE an 80 yard pass, he tossed a 15 slant pass. The receiver did all the work. Lets quit trying to make this guy the next coming of the Christ child.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • sielingfan

      Yeah but when Tebow throws a 15-yard pass, it looks like he's really got to heave it.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
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