ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that the Denver Broncos plan to start rookie quarterback Tim Tebow on Sunday afternoon against the Raiders in Oakland:
Denver plans to give rookie quarterback Tim Tebow his first NFL start Sunday at Oakland in the Black Hole.
Kyle Orton injured his ribs during last Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. It looked as though Tim Tebow would enter the game, taking warm-up passes and snaps, but Orton stayed on to finish the game. However, on Wednesday it became apparent that Orton would have problems playing on Sunday.
He had limited participation in practice on Wednesday, throwing the ball to quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels but not to any receivers. That carried over to Thursday and Friday, which led him to be listed as questionable after practice concluded on Friday.
Tim Tebow received the first team reps over three days of practice and will be under center in the black hole of Oakland on Sunday. Tebow has a career QB rating of 118.8 on one pass attempt. That one attempt was a three-yard touchdown completion to Spencer Larsen in the team's victory over the Chiefs. Tim Tebow, who also had a rushing touchdown against the Chiefs, has 12 rushes for 28 yards and three rushing touchdowns.