EAST RUTHERFORD -- There was rampant speculation inside MetLife Stadum when the Jets fell behind 35-0 late in the second quarter that Tim Tebow would finally appear at quarterback, replacing Mark Sanchez.
After the 49-19 thrashing of the Jets was complete, Tebow explained why he was never inserted into the game, despite being active.
"Two fractured ribs," Tebow announced, adding he suffered the injury on Nov. 11 in Seattle.
The crowd began chanting "Te-bow, Te-bow" as the Jets fell behind by 35 points. But Jets coach Rex Ryan said afterward that he wasn't going to put Tebow in the game when he was hurt.
"I was only going to play Tim if we absolutely had to have him," Ryan said. "That's why he wasn't on the punt team and didn't have any snaps on offense."
"I appreciate his concern," Tebow said. "I had to do a little bit of talking just to dress but I just want to be there for my teammates in case they needed me in an emergency situation."
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