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Garrard has heard from Texans, but he isn’t ready to play

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So with the Texans looking at quarterbacks like Jeff Garcia and Jake Delhomme, why haven’t they tried to get David Garrard?

Well, they have.

On Tuesday, Garrard told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon of SiriusXM NFL Radio that the Texans have inquired, but that Garrard simply isn’t ready to play following back surgery.

“You know every quarterback that’s gone down?  Pretty much every team has called,” Garrard said.  “They had me on flights ready to come out [saying,] ‘Well, can he rehab here.’  Every last one of them.  And I’ve had to say ‘no’ every time.  I don’t even know if this is a record of how many quarterbacks have gone down in one season but for me to be sitting out here and not to be able to play?  I’ve never not been able to play but there’s nothing I can do.  I’m good right now at getting in and out of chairs and helping my wife around the house but running around, throwing, and getting hit?  I’m just not in that position at this time.”

Garrard had back surgery earlier in the season, after being abruptly cut by the Jaguars.

“The surgery was fine, three days later I get locked up with back spasms,” Garrard said.  “In the hospital bed for nine days, can’t move, can’t do anything for nine days straight.  So I’m in the hospital and I’d lost some weight.  So now I’m just now starting to rehab [from] the surgery.  So I’ve been doing it for two weeks now and it’s coming along great but I’m behind in being able to be back for football right now.  I’m still a couple weeks away from being able to even say I could pass a physical.”

With five games left in the season, it’s looking like we won’t see Garrard this year.

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13 Responses to “Garrard has heard from Texans, but he isn’t ready to play”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 30, 2011 7:06 AM

    OK, everybody got it now, the man CAN’T play.

  2. bigvinnyinjax says: Nov 30, 2011 7:12 AM

    Garrard was one of the nicest men to play the game. A true family man and very active in the community – especically anything relating to cancer (he lost his mother at a young age)

    But I think his days are done. I’d be shocked if he’s on ANY roster next year.

  3. cruzp23 says: Nov 30, 2011 7:21 AM

    For a average at best qb garrad sure rates himself!!! Must have alot of money in the bank or think hes just going to walk into a job next year

  4. richieab says: Nov 30, 2011 7:24 AM

    Garrard = desperation

  5. Exiled1 says: Nov 30, 2011 7:38 AM

    Get healthy David. It seems to me that there will be plenty of interested parties next season.

  6. donniebmc says: Nov 30, 2011 7:47 AM

    So, cutting Garrard was actually something Jack Del Rio had right this season…

  7. aboveaveragejoe11 says: Nov 30, 2011 7:48 AM

    I hope he hasn’t blown his best chance to fill in for one of the teams in need of an experienced QB and resurrect his career. I just wonder why he didn’t have the surgery while with the Jags or wait til he hooked up with another team. It sounds like he wouldn’t have had the surgery had he not been cut.

    Anyway Garrard seems like a good guy. Hope he gets better soon and gets a chance to be starter for another team.

  8. txxxchief says: Nov 30, 2011 7:58 AM

    Todd Haley may be available after the end of the season. At least I’m hoping so.

  9. jacksonjames4 says: Nov 30, 2011 8:06 AM

    So thats what teams that lose their QB and are afraid of losing do? They try to get other QB’s that may give them a chance? Hmmmm, someone ought to tell the Colts the way this works.

  10. jimmysee says: Nov 30, 2011 8:13 AM

    After that experience David may want to consider whether he wants to come back to football altogether.

    His back may be too brittle to permit it.

  11. cowboyhater says: Nov 30, 2011 8:17 AM

    Sounds like Garrard is not ready to play again. Doesn’t seem that he is doing well after that surgery, and probably is content to just call it quits. He’ll be like all other cerebral players and get into TV.

  12. riverhorsey says: Nov 30, 2011 8:21 AM

    Garrard is done.

  13. bcjim says: Nov 30, 2011 9:32 AM

    Garrard >> V. Young, Garcia, Hasselbeck, Leftwhich, Delhomme, Farve, Culpepper, and probably half of the actual first stringers in the NFL.

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