Tim Tebow suffered significant injuries early in the third quarter of the Denver Broncos 45-10 loss to the New England Patriots Saturday, according to ESPN.com.
A source has told ESPN that Tebow suffered a bruised lung and tore cartilage in his rib at the beginning of the second half Saturday evening. The quarterback did not know the extent of his injuries until he decided to undergo an MRI Monday after he was unable to sleep Saturday and Sunday. It is believed that he will begin rehabbing this week.
In a press conference Monday, John Elway announced that Tebow would enter next season as the team’s starting quarterback. Earlier this season it seemed that the team’s chief of football operations was unsold on the former Heisman winner’s ability as a professional. Tebow took over the Denver starting job on Oct. 23 and won seven of his first eight starts. He led the Broncos to a 29-23 overtime victory over the Steelers in the club’s wild-card playoff game, throwing a game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas.