Jets activate quarterback David Garrard, release Brady Quinn

David Garrard talks to reporters during the Jets

David Garrard talks to reporters during the Jets open locker room. (May 2, 2013) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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The Jets announced Monday that they have activated David Garrard to the 53-man roster and released fellow quarterback Brady Quinn.

Garrard, 35, rejoined the team Oct. 10 and was placed on the Jets' exempt list for two games. The team had until 4 p.m. Monday to decide whether they wanted to add him to their active roster or stick with Quinn.

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Garrard signed a $1.1-million deal in March but was forced to leave the team because of a nagging knee injury.

Coach Rex Ryan highlighted Garrard's veteran leadership and experience but noted during an ESPN radio interview: "I expect not to play him. That's the big thing. We're happy with our quarterback situation."

The move wasn't surprising, considering Quinn wasn't able to supplant first-year quarterback Matt Simms as No. 2 on the depth chart. Quinn reportedly is scheduled to work out Tuesday for the Rams, who lost Sam Bradford to an ACL injury. As for Simms, he will remain Geno Smith's backup for this week, Ryan said.

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