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Jets Release QB Brady Quinn, Activate David Garrard

Update:

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Jets have released QB Brady Quinn and promoted recently signed veteran David Garrard to their active roster.

This move was expected to come as soon as it was reported that Garrad was re-signing with the Jets now that his knee injury has properly healed.

Garrard, 35, is likely to backup rookie Geno Smith, who just led to the Jets to solid home victory over the Patriots.

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The New York Jets announced on Thursday that they have signed QB David Garrard and placed him on the Exempt List, which means Garrard will be given a two-week roster exemption.

With Mark Sanchez undergoing season-ending surgery on his shoulder, the Jets currently have Brady Quinn and Matt Simms behind starter Geno Smith.

Garrard mentioned that he was retiring after he hurt his knee at the start of offseason workouts, but it appears as though he has changed his mind.

“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 said. “I’m sitting at home, watching games thinking, ‘Why am I at home? Why I am doing this to myself? I didn’t want to have any regrets one day.”

“I reached out to Mr. Idzik,” Garrard said of General Manager John Idzik.  “He has given me another chance, so it’s truly a blessing.”