NFL notebook: Tebow injured lungs, ribs, chest in playoffs

2012-01-19T00:00:00Z 2012-01-19T06:50:20Z NFL notebook: Tebow injured lungs, ribs, chest in playoffsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 19, 2012 12:00 am  • 

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Tim Tebow needs more R&R than anyone thought.

The Broncos quarterback played through rib, lung and chest injuries he sustained in Denver's 45-10 loss at New England in the AFC divisional playoffs last weekend.

He won't need surgery and is expected to make a full recovery with some down time, and his offseason training program shouldn't be affected in any way.

ESPN first reported Wednesday that Tebow got hurt on a third-quarter tackle, then had trouble sleeping because of the pain and underwent an MRI on his chest Monday.

Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said he could not confirm the exact extent or nature of the injuries because of team policy, he said Tebow finished the game in considerable pain.

Backup Brady Quinn quickly got ready to go into the game after Tebow was hit by Vince Wilfork and Rob Ninkovich, but Tebow stayed in and finished up.

"It's just the physicality of playing football. Sometimes you get hit, and it can hurt a little bit. But, I wanted to play a lot of the game," Tebow said after the game.

Brady misses practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady missed the Patriots first practice for the AFC Championship Game with an injury to his left, non-throwing shoulder.

The Patriots face the Ravens on Sunday. Before Wednesday's practice, Brady smiled and appeared to be in a good mood while speaking with reporters.

The injury first kept Brady out of practice Dec. 28, four days before he played all but the final offensive series in a 49-21 win over Buffalo. On Saturday, he played every New England offensive series in a 45-10 divisional playoff win over Denver. There was no indication that his shoulder was injured further in that game.

Tomlinson rips Jets

NEW YORK - LaDainian Tomlinson says the tension between Jets players that fractured the locker room this season was "as bad as I've ever been around, honestly."

In an interview with Showtime's "Inside The NFL" airing Wednesday night, the running back says the turmoil started in the third or fourth week and "got out of hand toward the end of the season." Tomlinson adds that quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes, in particular, had a rocky relationship.

Holmes was benched during the season finale at Miami after arguing in the huddle with teammates. Tomlinson says the tensions escalated to the point where the players couldn't do anything about it.

Giants' Manning sidelined

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Giants quarterback Eli Manning missed part of Wednesday's practice session with an illness that coach Tom Coughlin called "a stomach bug, hopefully a 24-hour deal."

Manning was placed on the Giants' injury report for the first time this season as a limited participant in practice, though he missed the majority of it. The team is preparing to play the 49ers on Sunday for the NFC championship.

Up nexT

• Baltimore at New England: AFC Championship, 1 p.m. Sunday, Channel 13

• N.Y. Giants at San Francisco: NFC Championship, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Channel 11

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