Tebow played through injuries in playoff loss

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Tim Tebow is expected to make a full recovery, without surgery, from rib, lung and chest injuries he sustained in the Denver Broncos' loss at New England in an AFC divisional playoff game last weekend.

ESPN first reported Wednesday that Tebow got hurt on a third-quarter tackle during Denver's 45-10 loss, 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 got ready after Tebow was hit by Vince Wilfork and Rob Ninkovich, but Tebow stayed in.

The injuries aren't expected to interfere with Tebow's offseason training program.