Tim Tebow reveals he has two fractured ribs

If you tuned into the Turkey Day tilt between the Patriots and Jets, you probably noticed the conspicuous lack of playing time for Tim Tebow.

In fact, the highly-publicized backup quarterback played zero — count ’em zero — snaps in New York’s 49-19 blowout loss to the Pats.

And now we know why.

After the game, Tebow revealed to reporters that he has two fractured ribs, and had to convince coach Rex Ryan just to let him suit up.

According to Tebow, the injury occurred during an offensive — and not special teams — play against the Seahawks on Nov. 11.

But it wasn’t the first time he sustained a rib injury.

Ryan added that Tebow’s breathing “seemed different” this week, and didn’t want to take any chances. Leading up to the game, he was listed as questionable on the injury report, despite practicing in full.

Unrelated to his health, Tebow hinted that this season may be chalked up to a disappointment, an unequivocal understatement.

Perhaps his next balloon bouquet should read “Feel Better.”

Zack Kelberman
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