FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Tim Tebow's days of running the New York Jets' wildcat-style offense appear over for now.
Rex Ryan said the backup quarterback, recovering from two broken ribs, will be active Monday night for the team's game at Tennessee, but will likely only play in the conventional offense if starter Mark Sanchez goes down with an injury. That means no wildcat or participating as the punt protector on special teams.
"I'd love to help this team in any way," Tebow said Thursday. "Whether that's running, throwing (or) whatever I can do, however I can do it."
Tebow has not played in the Jets' last three games after being hurt Nov. 11 at Seattle.
"I think he's improving," Ryan said. "Improving to where you're going to run the powers and the counters and all that other stuff? I'm not sure about that."
Tebow was limited at practice, as he has been in recent weeks.
"It's definitely getting better," Tebow said. "Everything from running to exercising to throwing, it's all getting better. Slowly, but it's getting better."
Ryan said tight end Dustin Keller (ankle), running back Bilal Powell (shoulder, broken toe), linebacker Bryan Thomas (strained pectoral), defensive back Aaron Berry (hamstring) and wide receivers Clyde Gates (concussion) and Stephen Hill (knee) all did not practice. Despite Powell's toe injury, Ryan thinks he'll be OK to play Monday night.
Newly re-acquired wide receiver Braylon Edwards was limited with a hamstring issue, but passed his physical with the Jets and Ryan expects him to play against the Titans.
Tebow has been medically cleared to play the last few weeks, but Ryan has chosen to keep him on the sideline rather than risk further injury. Tebow played three offensive snaps against St. Louis on Nov. 18, but the soreness in his ribs intensified after the game. X-rays revealed the fractures, but Tebow convinced Ryan he could play Thanksgiving night — after being cleared by team doctors — but never saw the field.
He was inactive against Arizona two weeks ago, with Greg McElroy serving as the backup to Sanchez — who he replaced in that game and led New York to a comeback victory. Ryan said it's possible third-stringer McElroy could also be active at Tennessee, but Tebow is still the No. 2 quarterback.
"I feel better about Tim in that role," Ryan said. "I feel he gives us the best opportunity."