FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Tim Tebow hopes he's healthy enough for a happy homecoming.
The New York Jets' backup quarterback is still recovering from two broken ribs that have kept him out of the last two games. The team is playing Tebow's hometown Jaguars in Jacksonville on Sunday — the first time he'll play there are a pro since his rookie season with Denver in 2010.
"I have a lot of family and friends who will be there," Tebow said Wednesday. "Jacksonville will always be a special place to me. It's where I grew up and where a lot of my family still calls home. It will be a lot of fun."
Whether it's from the field or the sideline remains uncertain. Tebow was limited again at practice, but said he was able to throw passes at full force for the first time in a few weeks.
"It's getting close," he said. "It's getting a lot closer."
Tight end Dustin Keller sat out practice with a sprained left ankle, while rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill was out with a knee injury. Wide receiver Clyde Gates also did not participate while recovering from a concussion.
Running back Joe McKnight (ankle, ribs), guard Brandon Moore (hip) and nose tackle Sione Pouha (back) were limited.
Tebow was injured at Seattle on Nov. 11, and played three offensive snaps the following week at St. Louis. He was active but Rex Ryan kept him on the sideline — to be used only in "an emergency" — against New England after the quarterback convinced the coach he could play following a pregame evaluation.
Despite being medically cleared, Tebow was inactive last Sunday against Arizona because he still wasn't completely healed.
"I just try to do what the trainers and doctors say and what the coach asks me to do," he said. "That's all I can control."