Tim Tebow Injury: Update on Jets Star's Ribs

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 12, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets completes drills before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow "suffered an undisclosed back injury" in New York's Week 10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini on Monday. 

UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 11:52 a.m. ET by Justin Welton

Is it officially Tebow time? Today could be the day.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Tim Tebow is active for Sunday's game at Jacksonville.

Tim Tebow is active for today's game. #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 9, 2012

So that leaves three quarterbacks at Rex Ryan's disposal, right? Wrong. According to Mehta, Greg McElroy is inactive.

If Mark Sanchez struggles, it will indeed be Tebow time.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 5 at 12:05 p.m. ET

Rex Ryan has shed light on who would backup Mark Sanchez in Week 14 if all of his QB's are healthy. ESPN's Rich Cimini has the latest:

Rex: If Tebow is "completely healthy" this week, he will be No. 2. #Jets

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) December 5, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 4 at 8:29 a.m. ET

The good news is that Tim Tebow feels his ribs are healing, but we still do not know how far along he is in the healing process. New York Post's Brian Costello has the latest:

Tebow is trying to get back on the field as he recovers from broken ribs. He had X-rays taken Sunday to see how they are healing, and as of yesterday had not gotten the results.

'I’m not sure [how close I am to playing],' Tebow said. 'I feel like I’m healing up and getting there. I think it’s just a trainer, doctor and coach thing now.'

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UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 11:45 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

Even though he appears healthy enough to play in games, Tebow will not be activated for the Jets in today's game against Arizona, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post

Tebow is officially inactive #nyj

— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) December 2, 2012

The fact that Tebow isn't activated doesn't come as a surprise, given the way the Jets have, or haven't used him this season. They want to make sure Mark Sanchez has no competition for the starting gig. 


UPDATE: Tuesday, November 27 at 9:59 a.m. ET

Tim Tebow (ribs) is expected to be active this Sunday against the Cardinals, but his playing time, if any, is unknown, according to New York Post's Brian Costello per Jets head coach Rex Ryan.

Coach Rex Ryan said Tim Tebow (ribs) should be available to play against the Cardinals, but was not sure if Tebow’s status would change from last week, when he was active but did not play in the game.

'I know he’s getting treatment and things like that,' Ryan said. 'I anticipate him being ready to go, but we’ll see.'

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 23 at 12:09 a.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

Tim Tebow's "undisclosed back injury" is actually two fractured ribs according to Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com.

Tim Tebow has 2 fractured ribs, said he had to convince Ryan to let him play #Jets

— Jane McManus (@janesports) November 23, 2012

According to McManus Tebow had to talk Rex Ryan into letting him play. His injured status may be a reason that Ryan chose to stick Mark Sanchez throughout the Jets 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots.

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 11:40 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Tim Tebow is active for Sunday's matchup with the St. Louis Rams. He was not on the New York Jets' Week 11 inactive list according to the team's official Twitter account:

#RL NYJ inactives: QB Greg McElroy, DT Damon Harrison, G Caleb Schlauderaff, G Hayworth Hicks, TE Hayden Smith, LB Marcus Dowtin.

— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 18, 2012

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According to Cimini, Tebow had a massive ice pack under his shirt after the game and said the injury was nothing more than "a little ding."

Although it doesn't sound all that serious, Tebow is renowned for his toughness and ability to play through pain. Just last January, Tebow played with torn cartilage in his chest and a bruised lung in the Denver Broncos' AFC divisional playoff game at New England. 

Tebow took the field for 10 snaps on offense on Sunday and was involved in seven of them, completing 3-of-3 passes for a grand total of eight yards and running the ball four times for an additional 14 yards. 

Tebow spoke after the loss about his added opportunities as a passer (via ESPNNewYork.com's John Hickey):

We’ve had some of that stuff in (for) a little while, but most of it was (added) this week. I felt great (about the changes). I thought it was effective. I thought we were spreading the defense out. I thought we had opportunities for even bigger plays.

Tebow entered Week 10 having attempted just three passes all year, so perhaps his increased attempts are a sign of things to come. 

The third-year quarterback out of Florida has played in all nine of the Jets' regular-season games in 2012, completing 5-of-6 passes for 40 yards and carrying the ball 27 times for another 92 yards. 

Keep it right here for more information Tim Tebow's status as it becomes available. 

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