In a move that shouldn't surprise anyone, the New York Jets have declared Tim Tebow inactive for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Tebow initially injured his ribs against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10, but he has been playing and practicing through the injury for weeks.
But as Greg McElroy worked with quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh on the field in full uniform with Tebow nowhere to be found, it became apparent that this would be the case.
It was reported by numerous sources around 11:40 a.m. that word officially came down from the Jets about Tebow's status:
Tebow is officially inactive #nyj
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) December 2, 2012
Tebow played with the injury in Week 11 against the St. Louis Rams, but didn't see action in last week's Thanksgiving loss against the New England Patriots.
The Jets' seventh-round draft pick in 2011, McElroy will serve as the team's backup quarterback today. He was the quarterback of the undefeated 2010 BCS National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide, but has never taken an NFL snap.
The move to deactivate Tebow has been hotly rumored all week, as the signal-caller was extremely limited in practice leading up to Sunday.
The day after the loss to the Patriots, Rex Ryan said that Tebow's rib injury had been getting progressively worse during the week and he was only available in an emergency situation against the Patriots.
This week, Tebow's activity at practice was monitored even closer than usual, and by the time Friday rolled around, it was apparent that he would most likely be inactive for the game.
In fact, ESPN's Ed Werder reported as early as Friday afternoon that a decision to inactivate Tebow had already been made:
A source tells me that Jets coach Rex Ryan plans to make backup QB Tim Tebow inactive vs. Cardinals to allow fractured ribs to heal #jets
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) November 30, 2012
At the very least, this should give Sanchez a one-week reprieve from the Tebow chants that peaked in the embarrassing loss against the Patriots. It will also allow Sanchez to play an entire game without having to deal with being shuttled in and out whenever Tony Sparano gets the whim to mix things up.
For the first time all season, Sanchez played the entire game at quarterback last week and, despite two crucial turnovers, actually passed the ball pretty well. Although a lot of his yardage came in garbage time, Sanchez was 26-of-36 for 301 yards for a 94.8 passer rating.
The Jets will be facing a very tough Cardinals pass defense that rates as the No. 4 pass defense in the NFL.
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