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Tim Tebow hopes he's healthy enough for homecoming game

Tim Tebow looks on as he warms up

Tim Tebow looks on as he warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. (Oct. 8, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Tim Tebow probably regretted not being healthy and dressed as the backup Sunday, when coach Rex Ryan finally pulled quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Ryan, it turns out, regretted his decision to dress Tebow for the Thanksgiving night debacle against the Patriots, so Tebow and his cracked ribs are still iffy for his homecoming game against the Jaguars in Jacksonville on Sunday.

"Quite honestly, I let Tim talk me into activating him the week before and I think that was something I regretted and I wasn't going to let him talk his way into it this time," Ryan said Monday. "That's basically what happened."

Tebow said he had X-rays on his ribs Sunday and hoped to be able to practice fully this week.

"Jacksonville is where I grew up, it will always be a special place for me, but you have to look at it as another game," Tebow said. "I feel like I'm healing up, getting there. I think it's just a trainer-doctor-coach thing now."

As for how he felt watching Greg McElroy leap into action in the third quarter and help the Jets to a 7-6 win Sunday, Tebow wasn't disappointed.

"[Sanchez and I] were very happy for Greg, and for the win. It was a game we really needed to win," Tebow said.

As to whether he might be named the starter, Tebow said: "I'm not into hypotheticals. I'm just trying to get healthy right now."


Keller, McKnight banged up

Tight end Dustin Keller (ankle) and running back Joe McKnight (ribs) both left Sunday's game with injuries. "Dustin's doesn't look like a high ankle sprain, so that's good," Ryan said. "He has some swelling there. Joe McKnight's ribs were negative [on X-ray], so that's good."

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