(NEW YORK) — After just two months with the team, quarterback David Garrard is leaving the New York Jets because of swelling in his knee.
“Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do,” Garrard wrote in a text message to SiriusXM radio host Adam Schein on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old Garrard was signed by the Jets in March to compete with Mark Sanchez. He has not played in an NFL game in over two years due to various injuries but was looking forward to the opportunity to win the starting job.
The Jets are now down to four quarterbacks on the roster. They drafted Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL draft to compete with Sanchez. Greg McElroy and Matt Simms are there as well and are looking to compete. The team released Tim Tebow two weeks ago.
“This will be a bona fide quarterback competition. Period,” new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said on a conference call with season-ticket holders. “I’m hoping that somebody will rise to the top quicker rather than later.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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