Tim Tebow may be seeing even less of the field on Sunday than he’s used to.
During a season in which the New York Jets have found few opportunities for the bruising runner of a quarterback, the team announced that his role may be growing even smaller. After suffering two broken ribs in a game November 11 against Seattle, the team has announced that Tim Tebow won’t be running the wildcat or participating as the punt protector on special teams, The Associated Press noted.
”I think he’s improving,” coach Rex Ryan said Thursday about Tebow’s injury. ”Improving to where you’re going to run the powers and the counters and all that other stuff? I’m not sure about that.”
The lack of on-field activity for Tim Tebow has frustrated some Jets fans. Quarterback Mark Sanchez has continued to struggle all season, including a Thanksgiving night blowout that had fans clamoring for Tebow to be inserted. But Tebow was dealing with the rib injury and never saw the field in that game, leading some to criticize Ryan for having him in uniform at all.
Tebow has been medically cleared to play for the past two weeks.
Ryan acknowledged that it has been difficult for Tim Tebow, saying:
”As far as his particular role, the wildcat and all those type of things, we haven’t run it that much and obviously with the two broken ribs or cracked ribs, that’s something that’s got to be disappointing because you’re not going to do that. That’s how I feel. As a competitor, you want to win a ton of games, want to win all your games but we’re 6-7, so I think that’s disappointing for all of us. With his role, having the ribs these last few weeks, obviously his role has been diminished some. I don’t think he’s happy about that.”
Ryan did say the he feels better with a banged-up Tim Tebow as the No. 2 quarterback than a healthy Greg McElroy, the New York Daily News reported.
”I think he likes his teammates,” Ryan said. ”I think he likes the people in the building and the way we take care of our players. You’ll have to ask him, but I’m pretty sure he’s happy with that