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. M Dailey

    NFL is full of trash and the likes of trash...Big men who couldn't grow up and do anything else but play football ? Please...get a life.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Bad place to post that comment – on a Tim Tebow article. I'm assuming you haven't read about all of the humanitarian efforts Tebow has put forth have you? He's bigger than the game of football and is actually using his "celebrity" so to speak, to do well to those terminally ill...and without asking for anything in return.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • treblemaker

      Football is the closest thing to a military-style life in the civilian world. So what if they make big money? What's it to you? Most of them pay a terrible physical price they live with for the rest of their lives. Would you do it for the money?

      January 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jen

    Let's see...hard-working guy, very handsome guy, does charity work when he can, cares about other people, is young and enthusiastic, I'd say that's a quality human being. Doing a "tee-bow" is much better than spiking the ball in someone else's face. Tim Tebow would rather connect with his fellow human being than stare down at a cell phone all day. I'd say we need more like him.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      I am mostly OK with him but his ad during last years super bowl irked me a bit. In theory he has never even been 'intimate' with a woman but he wants to tell women what they can and can't do with their bodies.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • sielingfan

      Exactly. In a league full of Mike Vick, Desean Jackson, Terell Owens, that Detroit guy who stomped a player..... surely we can find something more broken than "Oh, Tebow's too Christian."

      Yeahyeahyeah I know his throwing game sucks, so does everybody else. Not news. Move on.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      I don't begrudge him his opinion but he should realize that it is not based on any experience in the subject.

      Also when did it become a requirement to place your opinion on national television in order to have that opinion?

      January 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Guess God didn't want him to play anymore this season.

      January 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Let's see...hard-working guy, very handsome guy, does charity work when he can, cares about other people, is young and enthusiastic"

      And he s ucks d ick.

      What's not to like?

      January 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelson does being handsome contribute to him being a quality human being? all it really shows is that he lucked out and probably had an easier life than most because of his looks.

      January 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hmm looks like ice cream

    Excuses Excuses, Tebow is just not a good quarterback and the best team in the league (New England) showed that trice!

    January 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Of course he wasn't a good quarterback...I think with all the hype surrounding how he was winning after he replaced Orton, made people forget...this was his rookie season. There were tons of QB's that started out and were terrible. Give him time and the right coaching and he could surprise people. He does have the potential

      January 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • N.C.

      ha ha ha Jennifer. While you may have some valid points about Tim Tebow, this was NOT his rookie season. This is his second season. Stick to morality talks and let the men talk about sports

      January 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sigh

      Jennifer – Tebow has proven to be a media draw, not much else. The NFL is a business, eventually he will have to perform. And if what we have seen to date is any indication of Tebows ability then he might want to start shining up his resume. And its hard to think of any players that actually made it into the NFL that didn't show "potential." You see potential for success, I see more potential for Timmy going down as a bust. Tebow, Leaf and J-Mac are to busts what Short, Chase and Martin were to the Three Amigos. Looked good on film, but when it was time to defeat El Guapo they got exposed as the frauds they were. "I'm not a quarterback in real life, but I play one on television" – Tim Tebow

      January 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    I like Tebow but I'm fairly certain he wasn't the only one playing hurt. Brady was also being looked at the week before but because he won it's not a big deal I guess.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Thank you Jen – this is what I have been trying to say. We are part of his Charity – TeamTebow. He doesn't tell women how to live their lives – it was his mother. She was the one to make that call – he was the outcome. You don't need to hate on me, you mentioned it and I just wanted to tell you who wanted to do the ad. Tim has lived his faith since he was very young. I am glad he is the man he is and we are praying for him. I will pray for Brady too!

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

      Reality check...... Tebow did the commercial w/ his Mother. Sponsored by the Gay hating anti-choice group FotF. Nobody forced him, he chose to do it.

      January 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sielingfan

    I'll say this - Tebowing is *way* less annoying than the Discount Doublecheck.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sielingfan

    I wouldn't go that far.

    Christians have certain expectations about what kind of respect is appropriate in the house of god. Atheists don't have a god, and not-god's no-house is everywhere. Reasonably (?), praying anywhere that an Atheist can see you is therefore an intrusion into not-god's not-house.

    In other words, you'd be offended if someone busted into Mass with a prayer mat and faced east five times a day. To the atheist, any religious activity anywhere is THAT offensive. A reaction is to be expected.

    That's the explanation I'd come to anyway.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • spark

      It makes more sense to say that believers are offended by atheists, but not vice versa. We're just amused by it all.

      January 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • sielingfan

      Two words: Happy Holidays.

      January 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. treblemaker

    The Patriots were the better TEAM. It didn't matter who was Denver's QB. Denver had a great season considering Tebow was a rookie QB, and with him at the helm have great hope for the future.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jack NYC

    My issue with Tebow is not his religious theatrics (he's young, naive etc). My problem is he reportedly abandoned his teamates soon after the game to do his religious thing. Sorry, your team just had a drubbing–an embarrassng major defeat. Where was his compassion for his teamates? Where was the solidarity? How can you build spirit and camaraderis if you are into your "own thing?" Just my opinion. Someone needs to talk to him about his duty as a team player.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      What, didn't you get the memo?

      Jesus, er...I mean Tebow is the greatest role model in sports history.

      Where you not told that all great role models come out and throw for 35%, get completely blown out, and crash like a lead ballon in the playoffs; then ditch your team for some more important jesusy stuff.

      That is what all great team leaders do.

      Nobody gave you the messiah QB manual?

      January 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Caesar of Rome

    Some of our gridroners thought God did it too. (shrug)

    January 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. spark

    Nonstop crys of “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani” from Mr. Tebow. Oh Tim, when are you going to realize that, even if there is a god, he is certainly not an invisible creature that is AWARE of you that can respond to your personal requests. Whatever deals you’re negotiating with God, or Satan, the’ve gone horribly bad. Ironic that you’ve already used up your quota of prayers, NOW THAT YOU REALLY NEED THEM! Oh, pity. My suggestion is to stop this praying nonsense altogether and BECOME A CAR SALESMAN.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rafael

    Sounds like his image is what drives him and in a very immature way. People who have character don't say, "I wanted to show character." And mature people who are injured don't think "you just stay the same at all times." Not recognizing how any injury potentially limits you and can worsen when mishandled is a sure sign of immature bravado.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lucifer

    C'mon people time to face reality and admit professional sports like football, hockey and basketball, boxing etc are rigged much like professional wrestling.... Story lines included.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lucifer

    professional sports like football, basketball, hockey, baseball, boxing etc are all rigged, much like professional wrestling... Story lines included. LOL how pathetic of species are we to keep falling for it.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. steve

    WHAT? No heeling powers from your teammate GOD?

    January 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TD

    TIm Tebow has already accomplished what Christ has asked of him : Which is your either for Christ or against him, time for many to get off the fence. ......I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot, I wish you were either one or the other! Rev 3:15

    January 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      I believe that the earth is 428 years old and that unicorns created everything. The unicorns sent sasquatch to earth to die for our sins.

      If you believe the same thing as me you will walk the gold lines streets of atlantis drinking free beer and banging hot supermodels for all eternity. If you do not accept sasquatch as your personal saviour, you will freeze for all eternity in the frozen forever world of Freezedonia.

      Do you believe in our lord and saviour sasquatch,. or are you bound to freeze for all eternity?

      January 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
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