David Garrard: Miami Dolphins cut veteran quarterback

The Miami Dolphins have parted ways with the quarterback they originally pegged as their preseason starter.

Miami released veteran David Garrard Tuesday, a day after he returned to practice for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in early August. The injury was expected to sideline him at least four weeks.

After learning the news, Garrard sent a message on his Twitter account that read: "To all the dolphins fans thx for ur support! Best of luck to all my teammates. Thx for making me feel at home!! Phins up!!"

The release of Garrard means Matt Moore will backup rookie starter Ryan Tannehill, who won the job in the preseason. Moore started 12 games last season.

Garrard, 34, said Monday he was preparing for other options should the Dolphins go a different direction. He was the starter in Jacksonville from 2005-10 before signing with Miami in the offseason.

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