ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Denver quarterback Tim Tebow suffered his first significant injuries of his NFL career at the start of the third quarter of a 45-10 loss at New England in the AFC divisional playoffs.
Schefter reports Tebow tore cartilage on his first rib where it attaches to his sternum, bruised his lung and had fluid buildup in his pleural cavity. Tebow finished the game and he is expected to be able to begin the offseason training program on time.
Here are some thoughts on the situation:
He proved his toughness: This, no doubt, reaffirms his teammate’s faith in Tebow. For him not to leave a lopsided game (Denver was trailing 35-7 at the time of Tebow’s injury), likely bought him a lot of respect in the locker room. Tebow has always had the respect of his teammates for his work ethic, his passion and his reckless style of play.
But staying in a game after suffering a significant injury takes it to a different level. Tebow could have easily packed in it, but he refused to leave the game with the injury and in wicked, cold conditions. It’s another sign to Denver’s players that Tebow is totally sold out for the team.
No Pro Bowl: The injury very likely takes Tebow out of the mix for a Pro Bowl spot. He is the second alternate on the AFC team. Quarterbacks often drop out, so Tebow may have had an opportunity to go. But there is likely very little chance he’d be cleared to play in the game at this point.