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

Miami Dolphins Release David Garrard

The Miami Dolphins released quarterback David Garrard, who missed the entire 2012 preseason after suffering a knee injury.

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David Garrard Release Reaction: Miami Not Happy With Recovery

David Garrard was the most experienced QB on the Miami Dolphins roster, but it wasn't enough for him to survive their final round of cuts before the start of the 2012 season.

Over at the Phinsider, Kevin Nogle speculates that the Dolphins weren't happy with his progress recovering from a fluke knee injury he suffered before their first preseason game. As a result, they opted to keep Matt Moore as their primary backup behind Ryan Tannehill:

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.

You never can say never in the QB-desperate NFL, but this may be the end of the line for Garrard, a nine-year NFL veteran who took the snaps under center for the Jacksonville Jaguars for most of the last decade.

For more coverage of the Dolphins, stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay and the Phinsider.

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Dolphins Roster Cuts: David Garrard Released By Miami

Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard is going to be let go, according to a FOX Sports Jay Glazer, who said he received a text message from Garrard on his release. This was not a huge surprise as the Dolphins have already named Ryan Tannehill as the starting quarterback, and they also have Matt Moore, who will be the team's backup.

The need to keep Garrard on as a third-string quarterback was not necessary, and it did not help Garrard's case that he suffered a knee injury earlier in camp prior to the teams preseason opener which cost him snaps while he was trying to get his knee healed.

With Garrard missing time and still not as healthy as Moore or Tannehill it was a move the Dolphins felt they had to make by letting Garrard go and not carry three quarterbacks on their roster.

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