Rex Ryan defends decision on QB

Updated: November 23, 2012, 8:58 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow was in such pain from two broken ribs that he threw right-handed -- his off-hand -- with a toy football in a postgame catch on the field with a young boy who attended Thursday night's game as a guest of Tebow's foundation.

And yet coach Rex Ryan was prepared to play Tebow in an emergency if starter Mark Sanchez had been injured.

A day after perhaps the most embarrassing loss of the Ryan era -- a 49-19 blowout against the New England ...

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