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Tim Tebow is No. 2: Ryan says Tebow will back up Sanchez ... if he is healthy

Jets coach Rex Ryan made it clear on Wednesday that if Tim Tebow is healthy, he will be the backup to Mark Sanchez instead of Greg McElroy.

Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Jets have been struggling, especially at quarterback, but head coach Rex Ryan will not be making any changes if his players stay healthy.

Backup quarterback Tim Tebow will stay at No. 2 on the depth chart behind a slumping Mark Sanchez this weekend when the Jets face the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union:

Note the caveat. Ryan also told the New York media that Tebow would have to be "completely healthy" to serve as backup to Sanchez.

Ryan's comments dismiss the chatter circulating this week that he might go with Greg McElroy over both the struggling Sanchez and Tebow, who had been battling two broken ribs.

Since Nov. 11, Sanchez has thrown five interceptions to just two touchdowns, including three picks last week in an ugly 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Tebow hasn't played since Nov. 18.