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Tebow’s Availability for Jets’ Next Game Is Uncertain, Ryan Says

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Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Jets haven’t decided whether backup quarterback Tim Tebow will be active for the team’s Dec. 2 game against the Arizona Cardinals as he recovers from cracked ribs, coach Rex Ryan said today.

Tebow, who suffered the injury in a Nov. 11 loss at the Seattle Seahawks, will be monitored over the next two days and his availability should be a game-time decision, Ryan said at a news conference shown on the team’s website.

“He’s been limited, really very limited, in some of the snaps,” Ryan said. “He does take a few offensive snaps. We’re just tracking it. Could it be a game-time decision? It could be.”

Ryan said the team also hasn’t decided whether Greg McElroy would be active as a third option if Tebow does dress for the game.

Tebow, 25, played the week after suffering the injury, rushing twice and attempting a pass in a win against the St. Louis Rams. Ten days later, the Jets learned that he had cracked his ribs, though he still dressed as the No. 2 quarterback behind Mark Sanchez for the team’s Nov. 22 loss to the New England Patriots and was available for use if absolutely necessary, Ryan said after the defeat.

Both the Jets and Cardinals are 4-7 entering the game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

New York is tied with the Buffalo Bills for last place in the American Football Conference’s East Division, four games behind the New England Patriots.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net