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. Tom

    So what is his excuse for all the other games he lost?

    January 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tony

    People publicly demonstrating that they believe in magic should not be a media sensation. How about publicizing sane people for a change?

    January 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      So you are saying that you don't believe in an afterlife eternity of free beer and endless supermodel banging?

      January 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kurt

    LOl you have paid attention you read this and responded to it..

    January 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Lol, so have you.

      January 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sehrish

    I am a huge tebow fan, but i no he isnt build to take hits like that....this is the hardest defense to play in my opinion...N e who...hope he comes back 10x stronger next season 🙂 Love him...always have, always will...

    January 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • haha hardest defense?

      Hardest defense? Its the 31st ranked defense out of 32 teams. haha thats real far off from being the best defense.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Greg

    I'm not a Broncos fan and have a seething hatred for all things Christian(most religions really), but I've come to respect his drive and passion for the game. You would have to be bias or in denyal not to acknowledge his intensity. Then again, we'd probably all be like that with a pu$$y famine.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carl

    Finally a player with some class, and possibly the role model any kid can appreciate> Seems there is a long line to debunk the nice guy image. You all only like anti-heroes!!!

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

      Finally a player with class? There are plenty of players who are or have been in the nfl that have plenty of class, they just dont try to parade their good deeds around every chance they get....for instance, go look up warrick dunn, he gives a house to a needy family in atlanta, new orleans and tampa each year but he wasn't making sure to express that every time a camera was put in his face.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Finally a player with class? There are plenty of players who are or have been in the nfl that have plenty of class, they just dont try to parade their good deeds around every chance they get"

      What's really ironic is that Brian Dawkins (one of Tebows teammates) has been doing great things in both Philadelphia and Denver. he is also a devout christian. Nobody talks about him, because he does not flaunt his faith. he just goes about doing good things, and worshipping humbly. Tebow could learn from him.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. somebody

    I could care less about tebows beliefs, his religion, who he is praying to nor what he prays for. What I do care about is this countrys insane worship of mediocrity. Tebow isnt, nor will he ever be an nfl premier qb. Some one here said they didnt think brady wasnt that good when he started. Really? Going to the superbowl the first year you start cant be good right? Well, show me a stat that Tebow lead the NFL, conference or division in and I will give you that. You want to talk about his come from behind victories, check this out, Skelton from the cardinals had the same number of victories at the same time tebow was coming from behind, with better passing numbers, a lesser defense and barely any running game, yet recieved no attention, why would that happen? I dont have an answer just pointing out the fact. If youre going to lift someone up and say, yes lets be like this guy, shouldnt it be someone that excels at what they do? Or should we continue to give people trophies for participating and being content with mediocrity.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Than

      @sunnysout
      We'll never know if Brady could have led his team to the SuperBowl in his first year because he didn't play his first year in the league either. It was in his second year that he became the starter part way into the season (same as Tebow), but won the Super Bowl (not same as Tebow.) Again, Tebow is a character guy and needs to be admired for that, but he is a lousy, lousy quarterback. All he can do is run the ball and take hits so get used to him being injured. A lot.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sielingfan

    Interesting fact: Hundreds of millions of christians donate time and money to charities across the whole world for no applause, fame, or anything else. Paying attention?

    January 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. M. Meyers

    It appears Mr. Tebow only takes the knee and prays only when he wins. Character you say. Hummmm.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chief Wiggum

    Where's your Messiah now?

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

    Game was over by then, he should have taken himself out of the game if he was seriously injured. He didn't help himself or the team by remaining in the game. He can't throw when healthy. I stand by my projection that he will be out of the league after two more seasons as NFL defenses figure out how to defense him and he has no future as a backup quarterback. Can you say Bobby Douglass?

    January 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jackwagon

    He did and he does. Do some research before you open your ignorant trap. Tebow flies a needy child out to every single game, puts he and his family up, puts them on the 30 yard line and hangs out with them after the game.

    Just because you hate yourself and your life, don't spread your misery to others.

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

      "He did and he does. Do some research before you open your ignorant trap. Tebow flies a needy child out to every single game, puts he and his family up, puts them on the 30 yard line and hangs out with them after the game"

      Then sends them back to their poor old life.

      Why doesn't he just pray for them to miraculously become rich?

      January 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lett23

    Did Jesus abandon Tim in this game?

    January 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Yes, apparently jeebus is a Pats fan.

      January 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nero

    hey sielingfan, plenty of NON-christians also donate time and money and they do it out of the kindness of their own heart unlike many (not all) christians that are just trying to buy their way into Heaven. If Christians really cared about people, they wouldn't be voting for losers like bush who only likes to kill people and they would also be for universal healthcare, with which, many people will die because they are unable to afford the life saving care they need.. But they'd rather only people that work for major corporations or can afford health care insurance on their own live healthy long lives. Everyone else can just die, right???

    January 19, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Don't recall

    I don't recall Jesus training his followers to throw footballs or pass out groceries to homeless people. Seems to me he had then focused on something else.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • sielingfan

      You weren't paying much attention in sunday school I guess. Helping the poor and homeless was kind of a big deal.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
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