|Tebow suffered some serious injuries against the Pats on Saturday. (Getty Images)|
Tim Tebow, the newly proclaimed starter for Denver's 2012 training camp, is tougher than you all think. The Broncos quarterback played the second half against the Patriots on Saturday after sustaining some pretty severe injuries in Denver's 45-10 loss.
Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth didn't detail the exact nature of Tebow's injuries, but did confirm an earlier report from ESPN that Tebow was in considerable pain when he finished Saturday night's game.
Tebow reportedly tore some rib cartilage and bruised his lung but continued to play. this resulted in a a build-up of fluid on his chest (during the game and afterwards).
After Tebow had struggled to sleep on Saturday and Sunday night, he reportedly underwent an MRI on Monday.
The injury occurred when Vince Wilfork and Rob Ninkovich hit Tebow; backup Brady Quinn began to warm up on the sideline following the injury, but Tebow stayed in.
It really shouldn't be a surprise that Tebow eventually suffered an injury: he's one of two NFL players to attempt at least 100 rushes and take at least 30 sacks in the 2011 season (Cam Newton's the other). Tebow also ranked 40th in the NFL in rushing attempts.
These are the sort of things that expose the body to viscous shots from defenders. The irony is that Tebow reportedly suffered the injury after throwing a pass.
Tebow would reportedly be almost doubtful -- and certainly questionable -- to play this Sunday if the Broncos had advanced to the AFC Championship Game. As it is, Tebow is expected to make a full recovery and the injuries are not expected to interfere with his offseason training program.
For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're add it, add our RSS Feed.