David Garrard ready when needed

November, 30, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Out of all the quarterbacks on the Jets roster, David Garrard has by far the most experience. But Garrard also had knee pain that took him off the roster not long after he was acquired in the offseason. Garrard isn't an assistant coach, however. He's a player. Is there any reason he couldn't play in the event that starting rookie Geno Smith struggled?

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"I just haven't been dressed to be able to go in," Garrard said. "Health-wise, I'm just fine. I don't have any issues with my health or being able to play in a game or anything."

But unless the Jets roster is so depleted due to injured players, Garrard will not be active for Sunday's game against Miami at MetLife Stadium. The Jets are waiting until Sunday to decide whether WR Santonio Holmes (foot/hamstring), CB Antonio Cromartie (hip), WR Jeremy Kerley (elbow) and LB Garrett McIntyre (knee) are ready to play.

"We don't look to carry three quarterbacks in the game," head coach Rex Ryan said. "If he does [suit up] it's because there was nobody else, quite honestly.”

Garrard said he'd love to play, but understands his role.

"I think every player in here has dreams of being on the field -- I'm no different from anybody else," Garrard said. "But I'm going to do what I'm supposed to do and, right now, I haven't been called upon to go on the field and I'm just going to support Geno and Matt [Simms] as much as I can."
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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