Adam Schefter is reporting that Tim Tebow suffered the following injuries early in the third quarter of Saturday's loss at New England:
Tebow tore cartilage on his first rib where it attaches to his sternum, bruised his lung and had fluid buildup in the plural space of his chest
Three Four reactions:
- We knew this already, but it bears repeating: Tebow is a tough bastard.
- The culmination of all of Tebow's rushing attempts and sacks was bound to levy a toll on his body, and his ribs were the most likely location of such an injury.
- Should he have remained in the game? Granted, it was largely over before halftime, but is an injured Tebow better than a healthy Brady Quinn in a playoff game where there is no next week without a victory?
- This is another reason why the Broncos must de-emphasize Tebow's role in the running game, no matter how tough and strong he may be. His style of play invites contact, and outside the pocket he will not receive QB-specific protections from officials, and sometimes even within the pocket, as shown by the multiple facemask non-calls we all witnessed this season.