Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was injured after being on the receiving end of a brutal -- but legal -- hit from Kentucky defensive end Taylor Wyndham Saturday, staying down on the field for several anxious moments before eventually walking off the field under his own power.
Wyndham rushed in virtually untouched from his right defensive end position and drilled Tebow when he was looking in the opposite direction -- and as Tebow went down, his head was hit by the leg of a Florida offensive lineman. Tebow at first appeared to have suffered a head or neck injury in the collision, and the entire Florida team walked toward the field to show support for their leader. Video of the hit after the jump.
(Video via Buster Sports)
But after a couple minutes being attended to by Florida's medical personnel, Tebow eventually sat up, eliciting a huge cheer from the crowd at Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium. The game was in the third quarter with Florida up 34-7 when Tebow went down, and he won't return. Tebow initially sat on the bench but after vomiting he was taken to the locker room.
Tebow was already ailing heading into Saturday's game, having been diagnosed with what Florida is describing as a respiratory problem but what some media reports have speculated could be swine flu.
UPDATE: Tebow was shown leaving the stadium in an ambulance, still in uniform.
UPDATE: Head coach Urban Meyer said he believes it to be a concussion.