Dolphins release David Garrard

Garrard has made way for Tannehill. (US PRESSWIRE)

Ever since David Garrard -- who, early in training camp, was the No. 1 quarterback on the Dolphins roster -- had to undergo knee surgery, it seemed like only a matter of time before Miami released him.

After all, rookie Ryan Tannehill played well enough to beat out incumbent Matt Moore for the right to start, and if the Dolphins are going with the future quarterback while keeping Moore, a guy the team sees as the best backup in the league, there’s no sense in employing a 34-year-old who isn’t healthy.

So, the news provided by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, that Garrard told him the Dolphins would release him, shouldn’t be a major surprise.

News that Garrard confirmed on Twitter.

This also means it’s unlikely the team will continue to look for suitors who would want to trade for Moore.

The Garrard injury, which seemed awfully innocuous (apparently, he hurt his knee just walking around his home), is unfortunate. At one point he seemed to be the best quarterback in training camp, and he probably gave the team the best chance to find success early in the season.

But now, after seeing Garrard sit out 2011 with a back injury and then coming off knee surgery, you have to wonder if another team will take a chance on bringing him in as a backup.

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