The Miami Dolphins released their first depth chart roster this past week and veteran QB David Garrard was sitting atop the list. Journeyman QB Matt Moore appeared upset with Garrard grabbing the top spot while speaking to reporters after learning of the news. However, it now appears that there could be a new quarterback under center to start the season.
According to reports, David Garrard has undergone or will undergo knee surgery, according to conflicting preliminary reports and could be lost for a significant portion of time. While the procedure is being reported as minor, he will likely miss significant time in the pre-season and will likely fall down the depth chart, which opens the door for competition between Matt Moore and rookie QB Ryan Tannehill.
Garrard, 34, missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing back surgery and had been receiving glowing reviews by reporters in Dolphins camp this early pre-season. SI.com writer Peter King gave Garrard a huge endorsement after his time at Dolphins training camp.
This really opens up a totally new aspect for the Dolphins naming a starting quarterback for the start of the regular season. Nearly everyone in the football world expects Tannehill to get starts and some point this season, but those starts could now come much sooner, rather than later.
The Dolphins will be taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this evening and Thepigskinreport.com will be watching. Expect a report on both teams.