Jets activate quarterback David Garrard, release Brady Quinn

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Veteran David Garrard was activated to the New York Jets 53-man roster. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Veteran David Garrard was activated to the New York Jets active 53-man roster. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The New York Jets released quarterback Brady Quinn and activated veteran David Garrard, the team announced Monday.

Garrard, 36, was brought in two weeks ago and given a two-week roster exemption. He signed in March but was placed on the reserve/retired list two months later because his knees were giving him problems.

The Jets have rookie Geno Smith starting at quarterback, and he has led the team to 4-3 record. New York is one game back in the AFC East behind the New England Patriots.

“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,” Garrard said when he signed.  “I’m sitting at home, watching games thinking, ‘Why am I at home? Why I am doing this to myself? I didn’t want to have any regrets one day."

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