Dolphins QB Garrard to undergo minor knee surgery

Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard will undergo

arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to be sidelined two to

four weeks, his agent said Friday.

The recovery timetable likely takes Garrard out of the

competition to win the starting job for the season opener in four


Garrard’s knee had been bothering him for a few days, and

following an examination he decided to undergo surgery rather than

deal with the issue throughout the season, said his agent, Al


”He had been feeling some soreness, and he got it looked at,”

Irby said. ”He could have played on it, but they’d rather do the

surgery now to make him more comfortable, rather than fool around

with it.”

The decision came with Garrard slated to start in his Dolphins

debut Friday night when they played Tampa Bay in their exhibition


Instead, the competition for the starting job is narrowed down

to holdover Matt Moore and first-round draft pick Ryan Tannehill.

Moore replaced Garrard as the starter against the Bucs.

Garrard, 34, started for Jacksonville from 2005 to 2010. He

underwent back surgery in October and sat out last season, then

signed with Miami in March.

He hasn’t had issues with his knee in the past, Irby said.

Garrard’s best season was in 2007, when he threw 18 touchdown

passes and only three interceptions. He topped 3,500 yards passing

in 2008 and 2009, and he’s 39-37 as a starter in nine seasons, all

with Jacksonville.