Garrard to have back surgery, won't play in 2011

BY foxsports • October 18, 2011

Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard will have back surgery this week, likely preventing him from signing with another team.

Garrard's agent, Al Irby, confirmed his client's surgery Monday. Fox Sports first reported the news.

Garrard wanted everyone to know his situation amid reports the Oakland Raiders were considering signing Garrard to replace injured starter Jason Campbell. Garrard wrote on his Twitter page that he will have surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back.

''Thx for all the prayers,'' Garrard wrote. ''I will be having surgery on my herniated disc at some point this week. So that I can get back on the field.''

Irby said in an email to The Associated Press that Garrard will be sidelined at least four weeks. It's unlikely a team would sign Garrard following surgery and with a little more than a month left in the season.

Irby said the Jaguars knew Garrard ''would have to deal with this issue sometime in the future, so they cut him.''

''What a first-class organization,'' Irby wrote. ''I have lost a lot of respect for them. Nine years of loyalty, and he's released because they would have to pay him for 4-6 weeks of down time. Now you know why players hold out and try to get everything they can. This team had knowledge we didn't have. They used it against David's kind nature and released him. Terrible!''

When asked about Irby's comments, Jaguars general manager Gene Smith said Garrard ''went through the standard process that all players go through when released.''

Garrard initially said he tweaked his back during offseason workouts. He missed the preseason opener, but started the final three games. He completed 50 percent of his passes for 216 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception.

The Jaguars released him following final cuts, a move that surprised Garrard and his teammates.

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