Garrard to have Surgery – Out 2 to 4 Weeks

Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, he said Friday in a text message.

Garrard later told FOX Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer that he will have the operation Saturday and that doctors believe he’ll be out two to four weeks.

“Nothing happened, just Father Time, wear and tear,” Garrard told Glazer. “They have to take out loose things floating around.”

Garrard, 34, was leading the Dolphins‘ three-way quarterback race. It now appears either veteran Matt Moore or rookie Ryan Tannehill will start at quarterback in the regular season.

The Dolphins play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their preseason opener Friday night.

Moore was told he will start the game against the Buccaneers, according to The Palm Beach Post.

66 Responses to “Garrard to have Surgery – Out 2 to 4 Weeks”

  1. Phins78 Says:

    Yeah JS good point. You can see the kid is confident but also hates to make mistakes. I’m not comparing him to Marino except in that instance. Danny was the same , took a lot of pride in being the best he could be. Tannehill was being ripped for holding the ball too long and voila, two weeks later he’s zipping the ball out quick. Henne, ugh, was criticized year in and year out for the same things and never got better at them. So we can take that away as a positive.

    But yes, I still want to see him against first teamers before I start believing.

  2. Jeff Schanz (@JS_in_LA) Says:

    Yes, Phins78, the safety did miss the assignment.
    As many botched D plays also helped Tannehill’s completions (notice how wide open dudes were?).

    But he made most of the passes.
    So good start, no need to over-react, like you said.
    Please, Joe put him in with first teamers next game, and lets find out where he really is.

  3. Sammo Says:

    So with the possible release of chad johnson what exactly is miami’s plan at wr? Hartline is banged up as well as gates.wallace and pruitt look promising but who knows once the big lights go on week 1. Bess is good but not a gamebreaker. Someone mentioned trade for wallace from pitt. Does miami have cap room for that? Would we have to throw in a player to even out the hit? Maybe vontae ??

  4. thavafin Says:

    I would get rid of Garrard because this is a QB competition and he is out. Or are we just letting the other 2 guys take fill in reps until he gets back? That would make him the already declared starter, right? Was he that impressive in camp so far? That far ahead of the others? Didn’t he miss ALL of last year and now he is out again BEFORE the first preseason game. I think we need to start building cohesiveness amongst personel groupings. Isn’t this competition suppose the be solved between the 2nd and 3rd preseason game? So Garrard is out of it or am I wrong? I hope we aren’t waiting until week 1 to name the starter. We can’t name an OUT Garrard the starter. Who may not be ready to go physically until week 1. So then what? We have to pick MM or RT to start getting THE OFFENSE ready. If we keep Garrard that makes MM the defacto starter right? You can’t start RT and have Garrard there on the sideline. What if RT struggles out the gate? You can’t pull him. But you can pull Moore. So I guess which scenario do you prefer? I say just start getting RT ready for week 1 as much as possible. I don’t think you can do that with Garrard around. If he was not out and RT beat him out then sure keep him as back up. You lost, 2nd team. But he hasn’t been losing. RT has been 2nd best QB in camp.

  5. Jeff Schanz (@JS_in_LA) Says:

    About Chad Johnson:
    Well, here comes the knee jerks.
    Was anyone really expecting him to be a new man?
    granted he’s never been arrested, but is it really a surprise either?

    So… here’s my thoughts:
    Chad has gone and done something that is unfortunately common amoungst NFL players.
    Look on any roster, and find me a group of 100% milk and cookie boys. Not possible.
    Does it excuse it? Nope. Is it an issue to try and change? Sure. Question is how far are you willing to go?

    Dez Bryant is still a cowboy, for example. Brandon Marshall is on a new team, but they’re happy about it. What are you willing to accept for infractions versus player worth?

    And how consistant can you be between players versus stars.
    So if we all want to get rid of Johnson, fine. That principle should then be used for everyone on the team. Should Ryan Tannehill haul off and hit Lauren, then Poof, he’s gone. Jake Long DUI’s and hits a cop. Gone. Same standard. Can’t pick and choose.

    Should we wish to go this route, I support them. If they wish to do what every other NFL team does and pretend they believe the player can rehabilitate himself, and give second/thrid chances – fine, it’s par for the course.

    Just be consistant.
    No knee jerks.

    So make up your mind as fans what you really want, and lets do whatever that is, and present that as a unified vote to any polls.

  6. Jeff Schanz (@JS_in_LA) Says:

    About Garrard:

    Chill guys. David’s not going anywhere. He was hired for one year to be the film room master, break down film, and be the veteran presence that Tannehill will need. That’s all.
    He can still do that with bum knees.

    It was his good fortune that he happened to be better than Moore. But I don’t think anyone was expecting him to take the reins.

    Moore is still odd man out.
    As long as he decides he’s ok with being career #2, then he’s fine where he is. If he wants to earn a starting spot, he needs to get with his agent, and get himself traded. The Fins have no intention of handing Moore the job. Even if Tannehill busts, they would rather draft somebody else than endorse Moore for our future. No, I don’t know this for a fact, but their actions are telling, and this is what I think they’re saying.

    I feel bad for Garrard, but I’m happy that it will mean more reps for RT. As I mentioned long ago, I’d rather have him start the season, and get his rookie learning excellerated so his sophomore year may have us in contention for reals.

    And there is zero reason to dump Garrard right now, IMHO.

  7. thavafin Says:

    I want consistancy. But also there is star power. On the field performance dictates like it or not. If 85 is in pro bowl type form then sure it can slide. This of course does not factor in Mr. Goddell potential actions. He did spent the weekend in jail for domestic violence. This just come immediately after Philbins “the right way” speech. 85 has no history of this in the NFL. I just find this a critical time for Philbin before the start of the season when you are forming your team and creating its identity and setting the tone.

  8. thavafin Says:

    I mean I guess if Garrard is content being the old guy who is only around to help RT breakdown film. I guess they are paying him to do something. I just don’t know many guys (especially QBs at the point in his career and who have had some success) who are content being the backup and “new guy developer”. He wants to start and play. So if we are naming a starter in two weeks then it should be Moore. So Garrard can take over when he gets back up to speed. Unless Garrard is already the defacto starter then we get RT major reps and then let Garrard take over week 1. But what if he isn’t ready week 1. If RT starts week 1 then Garrard must settle for backup film room guy IMO. Because at that point you just let RT play the season out. Which adds pressure in the locker room if the record isn’t great and Garrard is performing even a little better in practices. Again, just my opinion.

  9. Kris Says:


    Chad Johnson has been arrested….and ..released….

  10. Phins78 Says:

    Sammo we could definitely afford Wallace, especially if they freed up 3.5 million with releasing Garrard. I’m not saying that’s what I would do but it would help.

    Teams against the cap find ways to sign players all of the time. Unfortunately Dawn Aponte is in charge of such things and she seems to be an ignoramus. But if they really wanted him they could defer money to next season when we will be WAY under the cap. We have future money coming that can be used.

    And no one is taking Vontae after he has been demoted and acted like a jackass on national tv. I don’t think the Steelers want anything but a draft pick, 2nd or 3rd.

    And people are suggesting Plaxico. But with only a couple weeks left and the guy not being familiar with the wco I don’t know that it will make us better. IMO if they can’t or don’t want to pay Wallace then they should stick with who we have for now.

    Of course we don’t even know the details of the arrest yet, not sure how Chad gets charged a misdemeanor when he cut someones head open with a head butt. That’s assault and battery and as far as I knew carried a heavier charge. Something is weird here.

  11. Phins78 Says:

    “Ryan Tannehill haul off and hit Lauren, then Poof, he’s gone. Jake Long DUI’s and hits a cop. Gone. Same standard. Can’t pick and choose.”

    LOL JS this made me laugh big time. Commmeeee onnnnn now, Jake Long punch a cop after a dui?! Hahahaha never gonna happen but I understand the point you’re making.

    I’m not making any decision on what I want to happen to Chad until the facts come out. Until then it’s all just media speculation.

    For f**ks sake Armando is already putting Philbin on trial and fans are blaming this on Ireland. The knee jerk idiots amuse me to no end. There are more people coming down on Philbin and Ireland then there are people putting blame on the actual person who allegedly committed the crime.

    And that is such a huge reflection of today’s society. Every time someone does something wrong, the most uneducated of us look for someone else to blame, it’s never the persons (who committed the act) fault. Jeez the psycho who shot up a movie theater even has people blaming, 1. the movie theatre, 2. the police, 3. the psychos parents, 4. and last but not least the psycho himself!

  12. Phins78 Says:

    Okay did some research. The Steelers offered Wallace around 8.4 million a year for 5 years. That would make him a free agent at 31 years old.

    If the Dolphins want him it looks like his asking price is probably around 10 million a season. That might be lowered if the team were to offer him a 6th season.

    But 10 million a year for one guy on a 53 man roster and he isn’t a QB? That’s pretty steep.

  13. Phins78 Says:

    Here’s a list of the 10 highest paid wrs in the league last season

    10 Boldin —- 6 mil
    9. Jennings- – 6.5 mil
    8. Roddy White– 6.5 mil
    7. Reggie Wayne-8 mil
    6. Andre Johnson–8.8 mil
    5. Miles Austin —-8.5 mil
    4. Steve Smith —–8.5 mil
    3. Marshall ———-10 mil (what a rip off, 10 mil to drop 7 tds)
    2. Calvin Johnson—12.6 mil
    1. Larry Fitzgerald—21.5 mil (holy crap no wonder why Arizona sucks, can’t afford anyone else!)

    Here are Mike’s numbers from last season.

    Receptions—- 25th
    Yards —–11th
    TDS —–11th (tied with 5 or 6 others)
    20+ ——13th (tied with 3 others)

    And this guy wants to be payed in the top 5 for wrs even though he didn’t crack the top 10 in any important category. Brown had similar numbers and that is why Pitt gave their first contract offer (to Wallace) to him. I don’t know if I pay 10 million for those numbers if I’m the GM.

  14. thavafin Says:

    CJ85 return home – fail.

  15. Texas_Dolfan Says:

    WOW, C. Johnson released. I say wow because of how fast it happened. I like the decision to release him. It takes away any further distractions he may be and opens a spot on the roster for a hungry rookie.

  16. Jon Says:

    new post up fellow dolfans!!!!!!!!!!!

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