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. Chris Chun

    Thanks for sacrificing your body for us Tebow. God really appreciates what you've done for bloodsport and all who enjoy the sound of a Nascar crash. You have taken a once pagan sport and elevated it to the highest level of all. Wtg. Get well soon.

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

      Pagan sport?

      who could forget the classic teams like the Detriot Pans, or the LA Witches lol....

      January 19, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • government cheese

      Religious bigot. Tebow collected $5 million for his children's charity this year. What did you do?

      January 19, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • HPNIII

      Admirable, but in the NFL a sure fire ticket to a short career.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Church Ball

    "Man! Did you see that vicious hit? That dude's outta the game. Praise the lord."

    January 19, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Leucadia Bob

    January 19, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scrumps

    Stick a fork in him-

    Stay in your pocket and quit scrambling around – There is a reason NFL quarterbacks don't play like they are in NCAA.

    Nothing against Tebow, but (as a born and bread Patriots fan) glad we won. His inexperience really showed that game.

    Bring on the Ravens!

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

      He actually got injured while in the pocket.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Mara

      'born and bread'?! LOL!! You have no i dea what the phrase means, do you? 'bread'....heh, heh, heh.......

      January 19, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Scrumps

      Pardon me – "bred" – Commenting on an iPhone isn't as easy as you think.

      And yes, he probably did get injured in the pocket, but regardless, he is destined for more injuries if he keeps playing the way he does.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    That's called "WELOME TO THE NFL", post-season edition.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jimbo

    Tebow and Santorum like to play hide the monster together. I mean he is a 26 year old virgin, he is either one creepy dude or gay. The gay excuse would explain all the public display of christianity, examples; George Rekers, Pastor Eddie Long, Troy King, Richard Curtis, Ted Haggard, Glenn Murphy Jr., David Dreier, Bruce Barclay, Roy Ashburn, Jim West.....lots more too. So if you pray in public I'll just assume you're gay.

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

      Wow! you sure know your gay people?

      January 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Entertained Tyler

      The funny thing about your post is you list legitamite evidence to your claim lol.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mara

      and Ted Haggard. Don't forget Haggard. Come to think of it, he's from Colorado too! Wonder if him and Tebow 'know' each other....

      January 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. reality33

    Boo hoo..! Here come the excuses. Tebow, son of jesus, has to always make himself out as some extraordinary being. He was injured but played on...he takes tremendous amounts of his time to help charities...he can float above the grass of Mile High Stadium...CRAP..! Thats what it is. Didn't Ben Roethlisberger play injured for the majority of the season, keep up with a healthy Tebow, and only lose in overtime without several of his key teammates? Aren't many of the athletes in the NFL involved with charities, without having a camera accompany them while they're doing it?...and I'm pretty sure that Aaron Rogers can atleast slide across the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. He lost, he was horrible while doing it, and all the "Tebowing" he could do didn't change the outcome of the game...
    of course, he was very near Boston so maybe he didn't pray catholic know, the pope and all

    January 19, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Snap

    Seems to me God just showed Tebow that he doesn't play favorites on the football field either.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. James

    Making excuses after an embarrassing loss...

    January 19, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. blaqb0x

    Looks like the Patriot's fans prayers were answered!

    January 19, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Plug1


    January 19, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Atheist #1


    January 19, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tim

    Funny that no one is talking about Tom Brady's injury, guess there are no excuses for WINNING. All he does is WIN.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. martin

    So, since god brought him to the playoffs and helped win all those games where is he now? I am ok with people having faith, but when you use it in a way that you flount it for attention i have a problem with it. Its like you are praying when everyone is watching, and not by yourself when noone is around. Well, its nice to know that god doesnt play favorites in football either.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mara

      Tebow should have paid as much attention to Mathew 6 as he did the part about parading around displaying your holiness for all to see....(oh, say there IS no section on Displays of Public Piety?! Hmmm, whaddaya know...)

      January 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. greenwell13

    Tebow has a great message he is spreading. People should listen to the message instead of lifting him up. That's what he wants

    January 19, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Yes, listen to his important message.

      You to can make a career out of the lowest passing yards per game, and the worst completion percentage in the NFL, as long as you pander to all the dimwitted jesustards.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
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