During the first half of the New York Jets ugly 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving Day, fans began chanting for backup quarterback Tim Tebow. While Tebow suited up for the game and was on the sidelines, following the loss he announced that he had broken two ribs in the Jets’ loss against the Seattle Seahawks two weeks ago, reports the Associated Press.
"They need a little time to get better," Tebow said, adding that his breathing has been affected by the injury.
Tebow entered the game listed as questionable to play with a rib injury, but he was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. After the game coach Rex Ryan told reporters that he was hesistant to use Tebow unless the team “absolutely had to have him.” Tebow added that he had to convince the Jets’ coaching staff just to let him dress, as he said he wanted to “be there for my teammates in case they needed me in an emergency situation.”
While Tebow was able to play for the Jets in their win last weekend against the St. Louis Rams, the rib injury was revealed Monday during an MRI. While he’s regularly used as a personal punt protector on special teams, he said he believes the injury occurred while he was playing offense.