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Monday, May 20, 2013
Garrard reveals severity of knee injury

By Rich Cimini

The case of David Garrard gets curiouser by the day.

In an interview over the weekend with Peter King of Sports Illustrated, the former Jets QB revealed there wasn't much cartilage remaining in his balky knee, creating a bone-on-bone condition.

"I couldn't jog most days," Garrard said. "I could barely walk around without it hurting. And we weren't even in the strenuous part of camp yet. I figured, 'No way I can just take every fourth day off.' I went to see Rex [Ryan], and I just told him I didn't think I could do it. He didn't want to hear it. But I just told him what the doctor said -- it's only going to get worse. And that was it."

Garrard abruptly retired last week, two months after signing a one-year, $1.1 million contract. His knee problem was widely known; he underwent arthroscopic surgery last August and was cut by the Dolphins. Nobody picked him up, which was odd. The Jets gave Garrard an extensive physical. Evidently, they didn't realize the severity of his condition or they figured he'd be able to play through it. It's no wonder Garrard was laboring in practice, struggling on his longer throws, according to a source.

It's a good thing the Jets drafted Geno Smith in the second round. You have to wonder if Garrard's condition was a key factor in that decision.

Garrard confirmed that he might accept a coaching internship on the Jets' staff this summer.

"I was excited to be able to work with Geno and Mark [Sanchez]," he said.