Father time wins again RT @AdamSchein Text from Garrard: "Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell."— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) May 15, 2013
This should put to rest any lingering, "What if the Dolphins had kept Garrard despite his injury?" questions. Garrard injured his knee in a freak pool-side incident while watching his kids play during the week leading up to the first 2012 pre-season game. The non-contact knee injury knocked him out for the entire pre-season, with an estimated recovery time of about a month, and that left an opening for Ryan Tannehill to earn the starting job. Garrard was waived by the Dolphins the final week of pre-season, due to his knee being nowhere near 100%, and he went unsigned for the rest of the 2012 season, even after being medically cleared to play a few weeks into the season. His knee problems acting up this offseason after just a couple of days of practice at Jets mini-camp mean his career is likely over, even as a backup.