Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Updated: January 26, 7:05 AM ET
Tim Tebow not playing Pebble Beach
ESPN.com news services
Pebble Beach won't be consumed by Tebow-mania, at least this time around.
A tournament official confirmed to ESPN.com on Wednesday that Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow will not be playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, scheduled for Feb. 9-12, because of an injury he suffered in the Broncos' playoff loss to the New England Patriots.
Tournament director Steve Worthy had told the Monterey Herald on Tuesday that Tebow would not be playing in the tournament.
"Due to the injuries, it looks like he's a no-go," Worthy said.
Tebow played through rib, lung and chest injuries he suffered in Denver's 45-10 divisional-round loss at New England.
At the start of the third quarter, Tebow tore cartilage on his first rib where it attaches to his sternum, bruised his lung and had fluid buildup in his pleural cavity, an NFL source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
He won't need surgery, is expected to make a full recovery with some downtime and his offseason training program shouldn't be affected in any way.
While Tebow won't be playing in the tournament, two high-profile members of the team that ended his season will be playing. Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady both are scheduled to participate.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo also will be playing in the tournament. Tiger Woods will be his playing partner.
Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.