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David Garrard: My knee isn’t holding up

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Reports that quarterback David Garrard has been telling teammates with the Jets that he’s leaving the team have been confirmed by Garrard himself.

While Garrard wasn’t ready to talk to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com about what was going on, the veteran did text Adam Schein of Sirius XM NFL Radio with a little explanation. Garrard is leaving the Jets’ quarterback competition because his knee, which required an operation after he hurt it with the Dolphins last year, isn’t sound enough to allow him to continue.

“Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up,” Garrard wrote. “Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do.”

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said earlier Wednesday that he’d like to see a quick end to the quarterback competition, something that could be easier to engineer with one less quarterback taking reps during OTAs and training camp. Whether Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith’s chances of landing the starting job are helped more by Garrard’s departure is up for debate, but the departure of the team’s other experienced quarterback would seem to raise the chances that Sanchez sticks around in one role or another this year.

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47 Responses to “David Garrard: My knee isn’t holding up”
  1. ryann252013 says: May 15, 2013 4:47 PM

    Thanks for the small time with the Jets Garrard! we could of used you out there but it would of been awful if you would of ruined your knee anymore!

  2. roadtrip3500 says: May 15, 2013 4:47 PM

    That just saved Sanchez… for this year.

  3. stainlessstill says: May 15, 2013 4:48 PM

    Shame. Though I am a diehard Steelers fan, I am also a NFL fan as well and I have quietly liked Garrard over the years. I believe he had the tools to make for a very good and serviceable QB in the league when givin the opportunity. At times, he defiantly made the best of his career. Good luck to him.

  4. robkeezy says: May 15, 2013 4:48 PM

    It’s a good thing I have 31 other teams to provide football entertainment, because my team is a J-O-K-E, Joke, Joke, Joke! The greatest thing about being a Jets fan is that PFT writes on average, 5-6 articles daily about them… There’s never a shortage of content! It’s really too bad to see Garrard go though, he was probably our best QB. Classy guy, with a solid career. Best of luck, David!

  5. sanders8920 says: May 15, 2013 4:48 PM

    Somewhere Mark Sanchez is thinking, “so you’re saying I still have a chance.”

  6. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 15, 2013 4:48 PM

    I swear Sanchez has a voodoo curse on the Jets.

  7. b3nz0z says: May 15, 2013 4:50 PM

    i’d get a bad knee too if marty mornhinweg were my OC

  8. mgavin78 says: May 15, 2013 4:50 PM

    Guess Dave is going to have to retire.
    I’m a Jags fan and Dave was nothing but a great classy guy.
    Good luck in the future.

  9. blitzinc43 says: May 15, 2013 4:52 PM

    He used to (and always will) be known as “Mike Brick”

  10. quizguy66 says: May 15, 2013 4:54 PM

    Garrard always struck me as a class act. Sucks to see his career end in such fashion.
    -QG

  11. enochmh2 says: May 15, 2013 4:55 PM

    Still better than gabbert

  12. inyofaceagain says: May 15, 2013 4:56 PM

    Any excuse to leave the Jets

  13. duluthvikesfan says: May 15, 2013 4:57 PM

    For him to make this move, knowing he had a very good chance at being the starter, says a lot about how bad his knee really is.

  14. coltzfan166 says: May 15, 2013 4:58 PM

    @ robkeezy

    No the Jets are not the best team in the league, but the whole “this organization is a joke” is largely induced by the media. Keep in mind that the Jets had two AFC Championship appearances not too long ago. They’re not THAT bad. You wanna know who’s a joke??? The Cleveland Browns!! They haven’t made the playoffs for 20 years….

  15. aclegend says: May 15, 2013 5:02 PM

    I feel like this hurt Geno more than anyone (besides Garrard obviously). Now all Geno has to look up to is Sanchez… and I’m not sure he has much to look up to if that’s the case.

  16. flavadave10 says: May 15, 2013 5:13 PM

    I can’t help but feel bad for Garrard. Just can’t stay healthy. As someone who suffers from Crohn’s disease, I have the utmost respect for him.

  17. tooz72 says: May 15, 2013 5:14 PM

    best QB the Jest ever had

  18. sdb0ltz says: May 15, 2013 5:14 PM

    AKA: Forget this im out!

  19. russellbandingo says: May 15, 2013 5:16 PM

    Sorry to hear about his knee. As a Jacksonville season ticket holder, I wish him the best and hope to see him around Jax. He has always been a class act and a 100% professional.

  20. lks311 says: May 15, 2013 5:19 PM

    I owe the Jets and their faithful an apology…Garrard just has too many miles on him.

    Best of luck sorting out the rest of the QB madness in Gotham.

  21. dirtysouthironmen says: May 15, 2013 5:33 PM

    Best of luck to you DG9. You will be great for the community back down here in Jacksonville. I would like to the Jaguars sign him to a one-day contract so he could retire as a Jaguar. Make it happen Shad.

  22. bvolke says: May 15, 2013 5:42 PM

    Best of luck to David Garrard and his future recovery. I remember seeing him on Hard Knocks with the Dolphins and liked him a lot. He’s a family man and a class act.

  23. winninitall says: May 15, 2013 5:43 PM

    I was looking forward to see what Garrard can do. It was a long career and I wish him the best

  24. kingpel says: May 15, 2013 5:44 PM

    Class act.

  25. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 15, 2013 6:13 PM

    So much for Garrard mentoring Smith for a season or two.

    Where this leaves things is anybody’s guess.

  26. seatownballers says: May 15, 2013 6:20 PM

    Wow. Just keep showing up to practice geno. Your competition is dropping like flies

  27. blingslade says: May 15, 2013 6:38 PM

    Get that knee healthy and come back when you’re ready. NFL needs guys like David Garrard.

  28. lrjets says: May 15, 2013 6:47 PM

    For weeks, if not months, our critics were saying we have 6 QB’s or was it 14?

    unbelievable if the Jets have to acquire another QB.

    Matt Simms is a goner too.

    Sanchez
    Smith
    McCelroy

    Garrard we hardly knew ya. Good luck!

  29. phinfan says: May 15, 2013 6:57 PM

    What a great guy. I’m sure he is hurting inside not being able to get that chance to be a starter in the league – top notch pro – i wish him the very best.

  30. lilrob10201 says: May 15, 2013 7:26 PM

    He is a great character and led the Jags to the playoffs,which is hard to do.Wish this guy the best.

  31. seaeagle707 says: May 15, 2013 7:29 PM

    Bummer for Garrard. Hope his next career is more successful.

    Oh well, one less QB for Ryan, to not know what to do with.

  32. gdeli says: May 15, 2013 7:36 PM

    retire then and enjoy your kids..

  33. MyTeamsAllStink says: May 15, 2013 7:51 PM

    Garrard in a wheelchair is still better than an upright Sanchez

  34. doclolly says: May 15, 2013 7:57 PM

    This opens the door for jeff george to make a run!

  35. granadafan says: May 15, 2013 7:59 PM

    He could have been a much-needed voice of reason in the clownfest that is the Jets.

  36. bergthe1st says: May 15, 2013 8:08 PM

    Y’all better go get Chad Pennington.

  37. annes22 says: May 15, 2013 9:52 PM

    That saves the day for Sanchez, he was almost out the door.
    Gerrard needs to retire, this is stupid. He took a roster spot last year with the Dolphins, then the wheels feel off.

  38. cags777 says: May 15, 2013 9:54 PM

    Not a fan of the organization. But I never wish for anything bad to happen to any person. Good luck and best wishes for better health soon.

  39. kregmack says: May 15, 2013 10:20 PM

    Still would have beat out Tim for a job with a bum knee

  40. thewarrenmoon says: May 15, 2013 10:23 PM

    I look forward to having Garrard join me in the hall of fame one day. If he doesn’t make it it is solely due to the Rascism of the voters.

  41. theytukrjobs says: May 15, 2013 10:43 PM

    Goodbye David, we barely knew ye’.

  42. ncm42 says: May 15, 2013 10:58 PM

    *fewer*

  43. drewsylvania says: May 15, 2013 11:05 PM

    I bet his knee miraculously heals after the season.

  44. christine5014 says: May 16, 2013 10:20 AM

    Glad to see how many people recognize what a great guy he is. He dealt with health issues and never once complained. He took the team on his back in 2007 and gave it all he had. Not a great QB but a solid one and you always knew he was going to give 100% regardless. He’s a great guy and it’s sad to see him have to go out this way. I think he could have provided some stability and reason to the Jets situation.

  45. stahi says: May 16, 2013 10:38 AM

    He’s man enough to admit “Look, my stuff’s messed up and I can’t play” instead of going out there and potentially hurting his team.

    Bonus points from me. It’s quite hard to admit “I’m no good to you guys.”

  46. jrs1972 says: May 16, 2013 7:41 PM

    coltzfan166 says: May 15, 2013 4:58 PM
    You wanna know who’s a joke??? The Cleveland Browns!! They haven’t made the playoffs for 20 years….
    ———————
    No, the jets are the joke.. constantly going on about how every other team should be terrified of them, the superbowl goes through them, ect ect ect, year after year. The browns are just there, quietly trying to get a win or two.

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