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Jets Activate QB Garrard, To Serve As Backup And Smith’s Mentor

35-Year-Old Removed From Reserve-Retired List 2 Weeks Ago, Quinn Released
David Garrard (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

David Garrard (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Jets activated veteran quarterback David Garrard to the 53-man roster and released Brady Quinn on Monday.

The 35-year-old Garrard was removed from the reserve-retired list two weeks ago and placed on the exempt list, meaning he was eligible to practice and attend meetings. The Jets had until 4 p.m. EDT Monday to decide whether to activate him.

Garrard signed with New York in March before leaving because of knee trouble in May. He said he felt healthy after taking the summer to rest and re-considered retirement. Garrard will serve as a backup and mentor to rookie starter Geno Smith.

Quinn, signed last month after Mark Sanchez injured a shoulder, had been listed as the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart behind Smith and Matt Simms.

The Jets (4-3) are coming off a 30-27 overtime win over New England on Sunday and travel to Cincinnati (5-2) next week.

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