David Garrard, Miami Dolphins QB, will have knee surgery

Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, he said in a text message Friday, hours before he was scheduled to start in the preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Garrard, 34, was leading the Dolphins' three-way quarterback race. Now it appears either veteran Matt Moore, who started in Friday's 20-7 loss, or rookie Ryan Tannehill will be the Dolphins' quarterback during the regular season.

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Garrard later told FOX Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer that he'll have the operation Saturday and doctors believe he'll be out two to four weeks.

"Nothing happened, just Father Time, wear and tear," Garrard told Glazer. "They have to take out loose things floating around."

Garrard's agent, Al Irby, told The Associated Press that the quarterback's knee had been an issue for a few days, and he decided to have surgery.

"He had been feeling some soreness, and he got it looked at," Irby said, according to The AP. "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."

Garrard didn't play in 2011 after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars before the season started. Garrard had back surgery in October.

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