Originally posted on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 11/23/12

Many people wondered why the New York Jets haven’t given Tim Tebow more time at quarterback recently with starter Mark Sanchez struggling. It turns out that everyone’s favorite mediocre signal-caller is actually hurt. Mike Garafolo of USA Today is reporting that Tebow is dealing with a pair of fractured ribs. After the Jets’ 28-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks three weeks ago the 25-year-old quarterback underwent X-rays, and has been listed as questionable ever since. During New York’s embarrassing 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots Thursday night, Tebow stayed on the sideline, and now we know why. He was active for the game but didn’t see any action. Jets head coach Rex Ryan said after the game that he didn’t want to use Tebow unless absolutely necessary. Ryan said the following about the situation: “As the week went on it seemed to get progressively worse. He had practiced and things but it just seemed like a couple days ago I was noticing him like, man, you could tell he was hurt.” That said, Tebow was active and third-stringer Greg McElroy was inactive, and Ryan claimed that was only the cause because Tebow had taken the backup reps all week during practice. With two fractured ribs, it is unlikely Tebow will be healthy before the end of the season. This development changes the dynamic in New York’s quarterback controversy and it’s unlikely that Tebow will take over as the Jets’ starter at any point this season. While Sanchez has struggled this season, his offensive line and receivers haven’t offered much in the way of help. He’ll likely be the team’s starter for the remainder of the season.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charges

Report: Clippers ‘overwhelming favorite’ to keep Chris Paul

Giants owner: Signing Kaepernick would anger fans

Mike Trout to undergo MRI after suffering thumb injury

John Wall: Bench was cause of Wizards’ ‘downfall’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Arum says Pacquiao would fight McGregor if Mayweather won't

Aaron Judge hits first grand slam of his career

David Stern: Lakers could have had Chris Paul, GM panicked

Brandon Jacobs vows to 'expose' Jim Harbaugh, get him fired

Mike Zimmer won’t retire even if right eye goes blind

Kevin Love responds to Draymond Green’s ‘annihilation’ trash talk

Meet your Stanley Cup finalists: Nashville Predators

Getaway Day: There's a murderer's row in the NL West

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 5/26: Bring on the Finals

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Meet your Stanley Cup finalists: Nashville Predators

Getaway Day: There's a murderer's row in the NL West

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker