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. Keyser

    Teblow's going to be 'bummed' when Jesus comes back.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TwM

    Imagine what a classy President Tebow would make.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Classy??? Is it really classy to constantly promote yourself as God's gift to the world?

      January 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • peick

      Katie: I challenge to find anywhere in writing what you have just claimed Tebow has done.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Olaf Big

      President of what? Devout Christian Football players club? Go for it boy!

      January 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • peick

      Oops, left out a word. "challenge you"

      January 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • barry

      Classy? To put your ego ahead of the benefit to the team? Yeah, right. By the way, Tim, was it God who tore your cartilage?

      January 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wamby

      Katie???? Are you kidding me? When has Tebow said he's God's gift to the world. That's the media and stupid people like you!!! The only gift he gives is not being an egotistical maniac like most others. All he preaches is hard work and effort. I'm not religious at all, but smart enought to know the world would be a beeter place with more people like Tebow.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • kris

      God's gift to whatever he ain't gonna last running head on into the defense. Its awesome and admirable that he does it but his body will not last....he runs the option?

      January 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon from Nashville

      @ Katie,

      I think you might be off base on this one. A lot of Tim's "holier than thou" appearance is generated by the main stream media than by him. His kneeling in prayer after a touchdown is no different than players years ago that used to cross themselves after a TD or baseball players who cross themselves before stepping into the batter's box.

      I get it. He gets bum rap because of other Christians. Society has accepted that christians are just as prone to divorce, addiction (drug and behavioral), and even crime as non-christians. I think that the thing people are so frustrated by is just how different this guy is. Could it be that he is actually the real deal?

      A lot of people have sarcastically asked "was it God's will that they lost?" or "was it God's will that Tebow was hurt?" and ultimately the answer is yes. Honestly, I can't think for one second that God cares about winning football games or any sporting event for that matter. He doesn't care about highlights or hall of famers. He cares about furthering the mission of the Christian church and getting others to see him for the savior that he is. So, if Tebow losing or getting hurt and going out as a class act furthered that mission then yes it was God's will.

      Tebow's behavior is no different than 1000 other atheletes that have been handed a mircophone and immediately said "I just want to thank God for giving me this opportunity......." The media is the one that is working you up over it. Tebow is not the one publishing the headlines or writing the articles. In fact, very little of what he actually says is anything other than thankful for the opportunity to be on the team and playing.

      Relax people.....it is just a game.....and he is just a player......who happens to be a Christian.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gjimmy Sheltah

      He'd certainly fit well into the current field of Republican rivals. They ALL claim that god has spoken to and chosen them and refuse to see the cras absurdity of tht. Organized religion is the greatest marketing scam every inflicted on the human rae, the self-serving greediest source of the most hate, and the single biggest anti[science drain on US progress and harmony today. But the brainwashed will kill or at least demonize you for pointing out the truth.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • MATT

      @ jON...Very very well said my friend! Bravo!

      January 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Just imagine a politician not trying to take all the credit but shoulder all the responsibility instead. Would be glorious. Pretty sure Tebow isn't POTUS material but the character traits would be nice to see in a POTUS candidate.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Katie

    He looked hurt at the end of the game, but he didn't play so well in the beginning of the game either. I hope he heals well and can go back to doing what he loves. And I sincerely hope all the Tebow hype is over. I admire the man's convictions but I do have a question – if it's God's will when he wins, is it also God's will when he loses? Or when he gets hurt? (Ok two questions...)

    January 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Olaf Big

      There was a nice cartoon in New Yorker on the subject. The caption says it all:
      God heard your prayers and they really start to creep him out.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      For Christians, it is God's will when something good happen and your fault if something bad happen. Gotta be written in the bible somewhere, not too sure where though...

      January 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Short answer . . . yes!

      January 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Don't recall

    I don't recall. Did Jesus even vote?

    January 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • sielingfan

      I remember something about rendering unto caesar...

      January 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DaMutt

    Not liking the mans game I get. But knocking him for his morals and high standards, is beyond me. None of you made a big deal when greats like Reggie White lead actual prayer after each game at the 50 yard line. I'm not a fan of Tebow's game. But he's one of the main stream athletes that stays out of trouble... Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant Anyone?

    January 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • sielingfan

      Michael Vick?

      January 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boogie

      it's because christians have hurt so many people and cause so much hate and self rightous judgment.
      Children grow up to be repressed dysfunctional adults because chritian parents brainwashed100's of millions of kids to believe that they would go to hell if they werent' good enough to please an imaginary god.
      How does a child live up to that?? they don't...they just grow up F'd up and abuse others ...THAT'S why it's in fashion to bash Christians...because more people are now awake to the damaging lies of the bible...FYI: I was a christian preacher for many years so I know this from both sides.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gjorgen

    Isn't it amazing that Jesus was speared through his side...depicted in pictures to be around the lower rib. Maybe Tebow in a modern sense was speared exactly in the same place; between the first rib and sternum. And again, he didn't give up. But rose again to play in the third and fourth quarters. Is this the second coming of our Lord and Savior?

    January 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      Tebow is indeed Jesus Christ coming back for the end times.

      January 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sielingfan

    That's right, Nero, religious people are always trying to push their morality on other people through politics but ANYBODY WHO VOTED FOR GEORGE BUSH IS A HEARTLESS BSTRD AND GOING TO H-E-DOUBLESTICKS.

    Christians are so high-and-mighty, THANK NOT-GOD I'M AN ATHEIST WE'RE SO MUCH BETTER.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pnwJIM

    1. OKLAND D.E. DOES HIS JOB, TEBOW DOES NOT RUN TWICE FOR SET UP FOR T.D.S
    2. D.B. SLIPS AND RECEVIER GOES IN FOR GAME WINNING T.D.
    3. RUNNING BACK DOES NOT STAY IN BONDS AND LEAVES TEBOW 1:40 TO SCORE INSTEAD OF 30 SECONDS.
    GOOD PERSON, BUT IF JAKE LOCKER WAS Q.B.AT FLORIDA, AND TIM AT THE U.OF W. JAKE WOULD HAVE BEEN THE HEISMAN WINNER AND NATIONAL CHAMP.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. You GHB Gabba

    Do you see what YOUR God did to you? How's that prayer working for you?

    January 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gjimmy Sheltah

      Live by the imaginary Sword, die by the imaginary Sword

      January 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cpc65

    What happened to his offensive line? The Pat's defense was one of the worst all regular season, but they didn't look too shabby last weekend against Denver. I'm sure Tebow (and the Broncos) will be back in the post season next year. In the mean time, Patriots all the way baby!

    January 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tensor

    Ooops! Jesus must've been busy watching out for another player on a different team ... or maybe even a rugby or tennis player.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Eric the actor

    Jesus went to the Niner game. Sorry Tim.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. OK. I get it.

    Israel is "God's chosen nation", the Israeli MOSSAD are "God's little helpers", and Jesus trained Tebow how to play football. Now I understand.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Andrea M

    Yet another reason I'd never want my kids to see Tim Tebow as a role model. We're trying to prevent kids from playing through serious injuries, but here's the Second Coming of Jesus playing with serious injuries for ego's sake. Should I ever have a son, there's not a chance in hell I'd let him play football. With so many other sport and activity choices out there, it's an easy choice to make.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Stephanurus

    Looks like "prayers" were finally shown to be worthless posturing.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
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