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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2012 file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) tries to avoid a being tackled by New England Patriots defensive tackle Gerard Warren (98) and Vince Wilfork (75) during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, in Foxborough, Mass. Tebow is expected to make a full recovery, without surgery, from rib, lung and chest injuries he sustained in the Broncos' loss at New England in an AFC divisional playoff game last weekend. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
It's just the physicality of playing football. Sometimes you get hit and it can hurt a little bit. But, I wanted to play a lot of the game. —Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow needs more R&R than anyone thought.

The Broncos quarterback played through rib, lung and chest injuries he sustained in Denver's 45-10 loss at New England in the AFC divisional playoffs last weekend.

He won't need surgery, is expected to make a full recovery with some down time and his offseason training program shouldn't be affected in any way.

ESPN first reported Wednesday that Tebow got hurt on a third-quarter tackle, then had trouble sleeping because of the pain and underwent an MRI on his chest Monday.

Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said that while he couldn't confirm the exact extent or nature of the injuries due to team policy, he acknowledged that Tebow finished the game in considerable pain.

Backup Brady Quinn quickly got ready to go into the game after Tebow was hit by Vince Wilfork and Rob Ninkovich, but Tebow stayed in and finished up.

"It's just the physicality of playing football. Sometimes you get hit and it can hurt a little bit. But, I wanted to play a lot of the game," Tebow said after the game.

The outcome had long been decided by the time Tebow got hurt.

JETS LOCKER ROOM 'BAD':LaDainian Tomlinson has never seen a locker room as troubled as the one he was in with the New York Jets this season.

In an interview with Showtime's "Inside The NFL," the running back said the team was plagued by tension between players as the Jets finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs after two straight trips to the AFC championship game. Tomlinson said quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes, in particular, had a rocky relationship.

"It is as bad as I've ever been around, honestly," Tomlinson said of the locker room. "And I've been around some locker rooms and quarterback-receiver situations and what-not. But it was as bad as I've been around."

POOR TACKLING DOOMED PACKERS: Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy knows fans like to imagine the big signings they would make if they were the general manager, and the bold play calls they would make if they were wearing his headset.

For McCarthy, though, splashy free agent moves and wholesale scheme overhauls aren't the main things needed to fix the Packers' defense. McCarthy knows it might cause a few eyes to glaze over, but that doesn't stop him from talking about fundamentals.

When McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers sat down to review the season from a defensive perspective, the one thing that kept coming up was poor tackling. McCarthy said the team's tackling "just was not there all year" and needs to get better.

MANNING MISSES PRACTICE: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning missed part of Wednesday's practice session with a stomach illness. Coach Tom Coughlin calls it "a stomach bug, hopefully a 24-hour deal."

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