Quarterback David Garrard is out of retirement and back with the New York Jets.
Garrard signed with New York prior to this season, but retired because his surgically repaired left knee kept swelling up on him after workouts. While most NFL observers believed Garrard’s career was over (retirement usually leads to that thought), he passed a physical with the Jets on Thursday. He has been placed on the exempt list for two games, according to the team’s website.
Garrard, 35-years old, can practice and attend meeting during that period. He can be moved to the active roster after two games.
“I was able to take the whole summer off and let my body heal. I started training a couple of months ago and my knee feels great,” Garrard told team website reporter Eric Allen. “I’m sitting at home, watching games thinking, ‘Why am I at home? Why am I doing this to myself?' I didn’t want to have any regrets one day.”
The person who probably does not feel great right now is backup Brady Quinn.
New York currently has quarterbacks Geno Smith, Matt Simms and Quinn on its roster. Sims is a second-year quarterback who played well in training camp, which leaves Quinn as the odd man out after Garrard is activated.
Garrard, a fourth-round pick by Jacksonville in 2002, has thrown for 16,003 yards, 89 touchdowns and 54 interceptions during his career.