Miami Dolphins: QB David Garrard Reportedly Out After Knee Surgery

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Miami Dolphins: QB David Garrard Reportedly Out After Knee Surgery
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The three-headed quarterback competition in Miami just got a bit more complicated.

Update: Friday, August 10th at 7:20 p.m. ET

While David Garrard is missing valuable time after reportedly undergoing knee surgery, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer indicates that the anticipated time frame for recovery is just two to four weeks.

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According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, newly-acquired Dolphins QB David Garrard has recently had knee surgery and is out for tonight's preseason opener. 

It was a foregone conclusion that the battle for Miami's starting quarterback job wouldn't be settled before the preseason, but this news is far from insignificant after the Dolphins announced Garrard was first on the depth chart for their preseason opener against Tampa Bay (per ESPN). 

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

However, the Dolphins have plenty of talent at the position and shouldn't suffer a major setback from the news. Garrard was brought in to be a veteran presence and compete for the starting position, and the latest developments do little to say that he won't have an impact on the 2012 season.

The news could mean that a chance to start an NFL game could come sooner rather than later for Ryan Tannehill, the No. 8 pick in the 2012 draft. He could very well join Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck as starting rookie QBs this season.

However, Miami won't exactly be forced to throw a rookie into the fire early on. Matt Moore has been right in the thick of things for the starting job after showing promise as the team's starter last season. 

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