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“"If we absolutely had to have him, I would've played him," he said. "I'm not a doctor, I'm a human. I felt for him. When the doctors are telling you he can play, when the young man is telling you he can play ... he got reps the entire week. That's why I had him active." But Ryan left himself exposed. If Sanchez had suffered a game-ending injury when the score still was close -- it was scoreless after the first quarter -- the Jets would've been forced to play a severely limited quarterback in a virtual must-win game. It turned out to be moot, as the Jets committed five turnovers in the second-most lopsided loss of the Ryan era. The Patriots scored 35 points in the second quarter, including three touchdowns in a span of 52 seconds. Tebow played three plays on offense in last Sunday's road win against the St. Louis Rams, tying a season low. Afterward, Ryan explained that they had planned a bigger role for the QB, but that they had to adjust because of the Rams' defensive looks. On Wednesday, Tebow lobbied to play against the Patriots. "I had to do a little bit of talking just to dress, but I just want to be there for my teammates in case they needed me in an emergency situation," said Tebow, who told Ryan he once played with a broken collarbone. In fact, Tebow fractured a rib in last season's playoff loss to the Patriots. Ryan bristled when pressed on his decision to active him. But he also mentioned that he told his offensive and special teams coordinators --- Tony Sparano and Mike Westhoff, respectively -- not to use Tebow. In fact, Tebow didn't play at all in his usual role as the personal protector on the punt team. "Let's make sure we understand: He was cleared to play," said Ryan, insisting it's not uncommon for players to compete with broken ribs. Ryan declined to speculate on whether McElroy will be active for next weekend's home game against the Arizona Cardinals. Sanchez will remain the starter, according to Ryan, who has steadfastly supported his embattled quarterback. Tebow said he's not sure how long he'll need to heal. "They need a little time to get better," he said. It was yet another disappointment in an otherwise forgettable season for Tebow, whose role on the team remains undefined after 11 games. He has appeared in only 62 offensive plays, as the ballyhooed Wildcat package has gone bust. "I didn't know what to expect, so everything has been new for me," he said. "I'm just trying to handle every situation as best I can."
If we absolutely had to have him, I would've played him. I'm not a doctor, I'm a human. I felt for him. When the doctors are telling you he can play, when the young man is telling you he can play ... he got reps the entire week. That's why I had him active.” -- Jets coach Rex Ryan