Veteran quarterback David Garrard left the Jets in May to rehab a knee injury. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
The New York Jets have brought back veteran quarterback David Garrard, who signed with the team in March before deciding to leave in May to rehab a knee injury. According to NewYorkJets.com, the team has put him on the exempt list and has two games to decide whether to activate the 35-year-old.
If activated, Garrard will provide more depth to a shaky line of quarterbacks that includes rookie starter Geno Smith, Matt Simms and former first rounder Brady Quinn. Garrard was a fourth-round selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002 and is a career 61.6 percent passer with 89 touchdowns and 54 interceptions.
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The 2009 Pro Bowler said his knee feels great and that he is coming back to the team for a chance to play because he doesn't want any regrets:
“I was able to take the whole summer off and let my body heal. I started training a couple of months ago and my knee feels great. I’m sitting at home, watching games thinking, ‘Why am I at home? Why am I doing this to myself?' I didn’t want to have any regrets one day.”
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez remains out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery, paving the way for Smith to lead the team this season. The Jets are 3-2 heading into Sunday's home game against the 0-4 Steelers.