Tim Tebow looks on during the Jets' 49-19 loss to the Patriots on Thanksgiving.
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Mike Garafolo, USA TODAY Sports
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow revealed after Thursday night's loss to the New England Patriots he fractured two ribs in the game against the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 11 and did not play a snap against the Pats because of the injury.
Tebow was dressed after practicing this week and being listed as questionable but claimed he was only in uniform "for my teammates in case they needed me in an emergency situation."
Tebow, who played a total of eight snaps against the St. Louis Rams this past Sunday, was not the Jets' punt protector nor did he appear on offense against the Patriots.
"I was ready to go if they needed me," Tebow said. "It was not ideal but I just wanted to be there for my teammates and do whatever I can to help."
Tebow said he had to "do a little bit of talking just to dress," meaning he had to convince head coach Rex Ryan to let him suit up. Ryan said he didn't like the way Tebow's breathing sounded before the game.
Tebow fractured a rib last season's playoff loss to the Patriots while with the Denver Broncos but said this latest injury is in a different location, though he didn't specify. The one he suffered in January was his second rib closer to his collarbone.
The Jets now have a 10-day layoff before their next game, which should help the healing process a bit.
"In my mind, I'll be ready to go when they need me and whatever I can do for the team, that's my mindset," he said. "That's what I was ready to do (Thursday)."
So in addition to the pain of losing seven games to only four victories, plus the limited action he's seen, Tebow is also dealing with a painful rib issue. He was asked if the combination of it all makes this season a major disappointment.
"Anytime you lose, it's always disappointing. You play to win," he said, focusing on the team's results and not his individual issues. "We just have to find a way to improve. We've got five more games, try to get some wins, keep it positive, keep working hard, keep getting better. We don't know what our future holds, but we've just got to try to improve every day."