July 27 2012; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard (9) during practice at the Dolphins training facility. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The Miami Dolphins have told quarterback David Garrard that they will be releasing him today, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. Garrard joined the Dolphins this offseason, looking to make an NFL come back after sitting out all of 2011 with a back injury.
Garrard looked set to claim the starting position for the Dolphins, but a knee injury sidelined him for most of the preseason. He returned to practice yesterday for the first time since having surgery on his knee, which "popped" when he was turning to look at his kids in the family's backyard pool.
The Dolphins have since named rookie Ryan Tannehill the starting quarterback, but kept Garrard on the 53-man roster, along with Matt Moore and Pat Devlin. Speculation said the Dolphins were looking to trade Moore, with Garrard serving as Tannehill's primary backup. However, it appears the team was not happy with the progress Garrard was making after his surgery, and are ready to move on from the former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback.
With Garrard's release, the team has one open slot on the 53-man roster, a position that could be filled by wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, who reportedly worked out for the team yesterday.