UPDATE: According to Jay Glazer VIA Twitter, Garrard has confirmed the injury and will have a scope done tomorrow. He is expected to miss 2-4 weeks bringing into question his ability to be ready for the start of the season.
The Miami Dolphins have been dealt their first training camp blow and it comes in the form of a quarterback competition. According to reports, the Dolphins “starting” QB David Garrard has been lost for an unspecified amount of time after having a knee surgery that has taken the media by surprise. What is known at this time is that the surgery, although minor, will sideline Garrard for what likely will be the start of the season.
According to a confirmed report obtained by ProFootballTalk.com, Garrard did not miss any practice time that was open to the public which is an indication the team may have been keeping things quiet behind the scenes whee practices are held in the “bubble” away from the scrutiny of the fans and media. The loss of Garrard could have far reaching ramifications for a team that is transitioning to a West Coast offensive scheme.
Garrard was listed as the top QB in a close competition and on Tuesday nights HBO Hard Knocks, coach Philbin was shown giving the news to his QB’s that the depth chart would have, for now, Garrard at the top. The question of when the injury and subsequent surgery occurred has not come up at the time of this writing and we will update you when we know more.
For now, with the pre-season scheduled to start tonight at 7:30 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it’s going to be Matt Moore trying to fend off an already tight competition with rookie Ryan Tannehill. The winner of which will now likely start the regular season. If the season does start with Tannehill as the starter, it will likely be a permanent move.
For now, it’s more of a scramble to find out what exactly happened to Garrard and how long he will actually be out. Check back for updates.