Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow ended his first game as a professional with a bruising 7-yard touchdown run reminiscent of his record-breaking career at the University of Florida. The move may have knocked the rookie out of Broncos camp.
Wearing flak jacket-like extra padding around his ribs this week, Tebow participated in both workouts Tuesday when the Broncos reconvened for camp at Dove Valley. He skipped the post-practice wind sprints, where he routinely whoops his offensive teammates.
About 10 minutes into warmups Wednesday, Tebow huddled with Broncos head athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos and appeared to favor his left rib cage or abdomen as he jogged off the field and into team headquarters. Tebow didn’t return to practice, after which the team scrubbed his scheduled gathering with reporters.
Tebow is the latest big name in the Broncos’ injury epidemic, joining a list that includes NFL sackmaster Elvis Dumervil, who might miss the entire season with a torn chest muscle, and running backs LenDale White, Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter. The latter two were hurt during the first hour of camp.
Before practice, McDaniels said he was planning to play Tebow this weekend about the same as he did in the preseason opener — most of the second half. Those plans could change now, delaying Tebow’s home debut until Aug. 29 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Well that was certainly quick. Every Tebow critic is saying “I told you so” today after it only took part of one preseason game before his style of play seemingly put him out of commission.
If you were hanging out around here before the draft then you know I was one of the few people defending his potential as an NFL quarterback and those thoughts haven’t changed. The only thing that will get in Tebow’s way is Tebow. You can’t take the scrambling out of his game, but he has to be smart enough to know that you can’t try to destroy every defender on the field.
At this point Tebow could just be a continuation of some sort of Denver curse. It seems that they lose another player every day, making it hard to imagine they will be in much shape to turn it on in a few weeks for the start of the regular season.