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. Marcus Of Memphis

    Just a taste of things to come... Option QBs dont last long in the NFL....

    January 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • jd

      Actually this was a hit sustained in the pocket in the 3rd quarter, not while he was scrambling.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • sielingfan

      Details. Anyone who tries to run in the NFL, ever, is getting pummeled by the defense. That's not compatible with being a throwing quarterback. This particular hit was in the pocket - fine, but the hundred before that were god-only-knows-where, and the next hundred will be somewhere else. Tebow's time is limited - here's hoping they don't seriously damage this kid, I mean damn, what a guy. May not be much of a thrower but he makes a great underdog.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jon

    Don't play injured. That is a good way to loose your career, become paralyzed or just simply get killed.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sy2502

    Aw! What happened? Did he touch himself in the shower? Did he have impure thoughts? Why did god go from being his biggest fan to striking him down so? Did god make a Job-like bet with Satan that the Broncos would win anyway with or without Tebow? Or that Tebow wouldn't curse god even when injured?

    January 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Respect

      @Dave836: Can you please cite you facts because i find it very hard to belive he has spent millions of dollars let alone millions of hours on charity work due to the fact that it would be very difficult to work in a professionial football schedule when you have been doing charity work for the past 114 years by your calculations, no one has that kind of time even if you were gods favorite player. fail.

      January 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DMM

    The Bible teaches you should pray in secret; it teaches humility and thus not making a public show of praying. If a group of folk are together and are all of like-mind, sure, they can pray together. But again, in private – just that group.

    And playing while seriously hurt does not show character. It shows poor judgement. He may have caused his injuries to be worse by playing while so seriously injured.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George

    I enjoy how the last sentence said that Tebow 'heaved' an 80 yard touchdown pass. Hilarious. More like he threw a 10-15 yard pass and his receiver ran like his life depended on it and threw out an amazing stiff arm while outrunning 2 players for 65 yards. But Tebow heaved it 80 yards.

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

      Have you seen Tebow throw? Fifteen yards is a "heave."

      January 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. juan112

    thats being a big QB in the nfl never give up

    January 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GodlovesBradymore

    The real travesty is that Tebow was chosen as a second alternate in the Pro Bowl. He is a mediocre quarterback at best. His throwing motion is like watching a baseball pitcher wind up. His accuracy is erratic. Pittsburgh beat themselves with a horrible defensive game plan – 11 in the box on almost every play. What happened in New England was the same as what happened in Denver – when playing a good team with good coaching, Tebow's flaws become very apparent. And by the way, god (small g intentional) doesn't care about football or Tim Tebow, and, in all likelihood doesn't even exist, so cut the sanctimonious crap about Tebow working miracles. I feel sorry for Denver Broncos fans if he is the #1 QB coming into training camp.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • sielingfan

      Is it okay to say Tebow works an amazing comeback story? I mean look what the Broncos did with Tebow at the lead - you can't tell me that's not a great story. Ten years from now it'll be a movie.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe Unger

    So what is it really with you haters?
    Tim Teebow isn't doing anything to hurt you. He's not thrusting his beliefs down anyone's throat. Do you hate him because others admire him? And since you don't feel the same way, you decide to hate HIM for that? He's not on durgs, he's not a wommanizer, so does that bother you? If he was a scoundrel you haters could feel morally superior, but since he isn't, do you feel inferior to him? That would be your problem, not his. He's not trying to stir up hatred in you. Teebow haters need to look in a mirror and ask themselves, what is is about ME that makes me hate someone like Tim Teebow?

    January 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • You Sir, Are A Tard

      Couldn't have said it better myself! That's exactly it, they hate themselves and want to criticize everyone else because it makes them feel better. Those of the light love the light, those not of the light hate the light.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave836

      I agree. But you shouldn't take most people on the internet seriously. For the most part, they are usually bad excuses for human beings who hide behind their computer screens.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • GodlovesBradymore

      He is in fact thrusting his beliefs down everybody's throat. The constant kneeling and praying on the field is obnoxious and is just showboating. I bet his teammates roll their eyes every time he does it. But mainly, I'm just sick of a mediocre football player hogging the headlines and all of the religious idiots out there fawning over how he is working miracles because he is do devout. That is bullpucky.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave836


      His religious acts shouldn't bother you. He is just expressing his freedom of speech by praying just like you are expressing your freedom of speech by saying you hate his praying. It's not like he's telling anyone to convert.

      His football career is fine to hate though but you have to admit he is a good guy and it's pretty sad that he is in such bad shape. I hope he's ok...

      January 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • spark

      He gets attention not because of his football skills, but because of his sanctimonious antics. This behavior is inappropriate for the football field. His celebrity isn't due to his football skills, but his eccentric personality, which is promoted by the media generally, since the mass media is always starving for eccentric personalities to celebrate. He'll have his 15 minutes of fame and then be gone.

      January 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Burbank

    Can we stop hearing daily about Tebow now? I think I will start calling him Tedious Tebow because of the way he is shoved in my face as front page news every day. I really don't care to see headlines every time he burps.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SixDegrees

    God must hate him.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. woops

    would it change things if he werent so incredibley physically attractive?

    January 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Maybe if he weren't g ay.

      January 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lswingly

    This might mean something if not for 2 things. 1. I've watched, Steve McNair, Steve Young, John Elway and Donovan McNabb strap on a flak jacket and play with rib injuries. Yes it's very painful but you can play with them if you can stomach the pain. 2. The game was over long before Tebow got injured. I really need the media to stop trying to keep this ridiculous Tebow story going.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Eric Schultz

    He did what he thought was right, but had they won and he needed to play this weekend he would have been screwed. Don't be a hero Tim, be smart!

    January 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. J0nx

    More concern about America and where we are headed (off a cliff), thieving banksters/politicians and less concern about sports and reality tv please, thanks. America wouldn't be in the mess we are in now if people would lose this infantile obsession with sports and other rejected wastes of time.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      @J0nx – yes there are more important things in the world besides sports...but are you really doing anything to help that case? It just seems to me that you are needlessly posting on a message board. Some people watch sports as a release. Something, even if for just a few hours, to forget about their troubles and the troubles of the world – something we usually don't have complete control over – for a little while.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • treblemaker

      I'd rather be obsessed with sports than follow a politician like sheep to the slaughter.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GodlovesBradymore

    Amen brother!

    January 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
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