FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Tim Tebow has been inactivated for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. The back-up quarterback has been battling broken ribs since the team traveled out to Seattle on Week 10.

Rex Ryan was holding out hope that Tebow could still fulfill his duties as the special team’s personal protector, but was less optimistic about Tebow playing a full game at quarterback — perhaps to the dismay of Jets fans.

Tim Tebow was made inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Cardinals. (JetsInsider.com Photo).

“I think with Tim, some of the things that he can do, specifically in the Wildcat and as a personal protector, you’re not going out there and asking him to throw it 50 times a game. If that was the case, I’m not sure he could do that, but in a limited role like he’s in, I really don’t even know where to start with that, but I think if he had to take 50 snaps and get hit every snap, I’m not sure if that’s the smartest thing,” Ryan said Friday.

Ryan stood firm on his stance of not dressing three quarterbacks — a rarity, according to him, by football coaching standards.

“I don’t know any team in this league that goes with three quarterbacks. I don’t even know if it’s done in the league,”

With Tebow inactive, Ryan doesn’t have to worry about bucking his trend. Sunday marks the first time he’s been inactive since joining the Jets and second-straight game without playing. Third-string quarterback Greg McElroy becomes active — assuming the duties of the back-up role.

Prior to the start of the game, McElroy was seen on the field working Jets quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh in pads — a sight that’s rarely been seen this season.

Without Tebow the Jets will be running short on their ‘Wildcat package’.  Rex said that the Wildcat is ‘part of what we do’, but  that they’d ‘obviously be out of that’

Should they decide to run any wrinkles of the Wildcat package, Joe McKnight has been known to take the direct snap, while Jeremy Kerley is the team’s emergency back-up quarterback.

“Jeremy Kerley never takes a snap at quarterback, but that’s a guy who was a former quarterback in high school (and) recruited that way. He can throw the football, but obviously it’s not a situation you’d want to be in,” he said.

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