David Garrard says he is ready to play if called upon

David Garrard was in camp with Miami last season, but hasn't taken a snap in the NFL since December 2010. Credit: Getty Images
David Garrard was in camp with Miami last season, but hasn’t taken a snap in the NFL since December 2010.
Credit: Getty Images

In what was called a game-time decision by head coach Rex Ryan, the Jets decided to keep backup quarterback David Garrard inactive for the fifth time this season. It was a decision the Jets perhaps regretted as quarterback Geno Smith was yanked from the game at halftime.

Garrard, who signed with the Jets on Oct. 21 after he had originally retired in mid-May due to a left knee injury, has yet to play with the team. But even with the lack of game action, the veteran quarterback has worked himself back into shape without the benefit of training camp or preseason.

He said on Sunday he wasn’t aware the coaching staff might activate him for the first time this season. But he said he is ready to play if called upon.

“I didn’t hear anything about possibly being active,” Garrard told Metro. “I feel great. I can’t get anymore in shape than I am now. I could probably lose some more pounds, but condition-wise I’m fine.”

During the bye week, Garrard had fluid drained from his left knee and he said he has no limitations at this point that would keep him off the field. After a game where neither Smith nor his replacement Matt Simms distinguished themselves in the pocket, Garrard suddenly steps to the forefront as a possible candidate to start next Sunday’s must-win game against the Raiders.

Ryan indicated that Garrard, despite not knowing he might be activated, was perhaps close to being on the roster for Sunday’s game. Instead, the Jets put cornerback Antonio Cromartie and wide receiver Santonio Holmes, both questionable due to injuries, on the game-day roster.

“Could be a possibility, we’ll see. We looked at that even today,” Ryan said. “We were looking at some game-time decisions. Had David warming up and things.”

Cromartie had a shaky day in coverage and was burned on several pass plays. Holmes played sparingly and didn’t register a single catch.

The Jets put in an inexperienced Simms at halftime.

According to Garrard, there have been no indications from Ryan, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg or quarterback coach David Lee about if he would be active anytime soon.

“No. They all say that they’re still happy that I’m here,” Garrard said. “But no news that would lead me to thinking I’d be active. I have to do my part and be ready for when it comes.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.


PHOTOS: Who is Alix Tichelman?

Who is Alix Tichelman, the high end call girl who allegedly murdered a Google executive?


Washington state approves first producer of pot edibles

  A Seattle-based company that makes marijuana-infused drinks and candies has become the first business in Washington approved to make edible pot products for the…


Florida cat owners call 911 after Russian blue…

By Barbara ListonORLANDO Florida (Reuters) - Kush the cat was quarantined in central Florida after her owner called 911 over the weekend for help, saying…


Times Square costumed characters under scrutiny

Costumed characters in Times Square are under scrutiny after a string of incidents involving Elmo, Woody, Mario and Spider-Man.

Going Out

What to do this week in NYC: July…

Le Fooding Beach Club Presents: San Pellegrino Fruitstock at the Rockaways Friday-Sunday, Noon; $40 Beach 97 97-01 Shorefront Pkwy., Rockaway Beach Picnic on the beach…

Going Out

Where to eat on Bastille Day in NYC

We had ours on the Fourth of July, now it’s time for France’s equivalent on July 14. Go out and show your solidarity with the…


What to eat while you read

A smudge of chocolate on a page never hurt anyone.


TV watch list, Wednesday, July 9: 'The Bridge,'…

See Diane Kruger solve some mysteries in the second season premiere of "The Bridge."

World Cup

Argentina prevails in penalties, advances to final

The drama never seems to subside as the World Cup finally has its final two.


A Joffrey Ballet dancer threw the most beautiful…

http://youtu.be/Hg61JOZJrYM?t=29s While asked to throw a first pitch at a baseball game can be a treacherous and/or embarrassing experience (see Cent, 50), sometimes everything can…

World Cup

World Cup semifinals preview: Holland vs. Argentina

The second semifinal pits another South American soccer power against a European one.


MLB power rankings: Athletics cement spot on top,…

The Athletics cement spot on top of our MLB power rankings with a huge trade, while L.A. teams follow.


Amsterdam is known for sex and drugs, but…

Amsterdam is arguably best known for its red light district and cannabis coffee shops, but the city on the banks of the Amstel River is…


What eye symptoms need emergency attention?

Many people experience temporary eye-related problems such as pink eye (conjunctivitis) from a cold virus or a scratched cornea resulting from an object coming into…


Sugar isn't making anyone's life more sweet

Not so sweet. Anne Alexander, author of “The Sugar Smart Diet,” tells us where sugar is hiding and how it’s making us sick. Bet that…


This will take more years off your life…

  Obesity can cut life short by causing strokes and other illnesses, but a new study quantifies the toll: The most extreme cases cut a…