David Garrard Undergoes Knee Surgery, Out Vs Buccaneers
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun Times has reported that David Garrard underwent knee surgery very recently and will not play Friday versus Tampa Bay. Specifics on the time frame for return are uncertain for now, but sources have said that it will sideline him for “a while” which comes at a costly time for Garrard.
The surgery came as a surprise to many who just watched Garrard on HBO’s Hard Knocks. The Miami media also claims that Garrard participated in all of the practices open to the public this offseason and that the surgery was “very recent”.
Garrard was #1 on the depth chart for the Dolphins heading into Friday’s preseason opener, ahead of Matt Moore and rookie Ryan Tannehill. Although Garrard was on top of the position battle, both quarterbacks had a legitimate chance to start Week 1 for the Dolphins. Garrard may not return in time for the opener and his roster spot might also be in jeopardy: the Dolphins will not have to pay his $2.25 million salary slated for 2012 if he is cut by Week 1. Even if he misses minimal time with this injury, he will surely slide to the bottom of this quarterback battle with missing time.
The quarterback battle now turns to Matt Moore and the rookie Ryan Tannehill, whose stock has been rising over the last few weeks in camp. With Garrard out versus Tampa and for the next couple weeks, they will both get plenty more reps in an effort to separate themselves from one another to be the starter Week 1.
Garrard was slated to be the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars ahead of rookie Blaine Gabbert during training camp last year before being cut before the season and undergoing back surgery, preventing him from seeing the field in 2011. Now Garrard faces a similar issue with his knee as another rookie, Ryan Tannehill surges to the forefront of the Miami quarterback situation.