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Knee issues force Garrard to retire

David Garrard

David Garrard

NEW YORK — David Garrard is out of the Jets' quarterback competition because of lingering knee issues that are forcing him to retire, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

The 35-year-old was signed in March to provide veteran competition for Mark Sanchez. But Garrard, who hadn't played in a regular-season game since 2010 because of injuries, is planning to step away because of knee troubles.

SiriusXM Radio host Adam Schein said Garrard told him in a text that he had to "call it quits" because "my knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices."

The former Jaguars star was cut by the Dolphins last summer after he needed arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Garrard was expected to be in the mix to compete for the Jets' starting job along with Sanchez and second-round pick Geno Smith. New York also has Greg McElroy and Matt Simms on the roster.

In a conference call with season-ticket holders earlier Wednesday, new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg insisted the starting QB job is up for grabs and that included Garrard at the time.

Bucs sign 4th-rounder

TAMPA — The Bucs signed fourth-round pick Akeem Spence, the fourth rookie now under contract. The defensive tackle signed a four-year deal, standard under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. More details were not available. Second-round pick Johnthan Banks, a cornerback, and third-round choice Mike Glennon, a quarterback, remain unsigned. Spence is a candidate to start at nose tackle. The Bucs traded up 12 spots to select Spence with the 100th overall pick from Illinois.

Retiring at 23? Linebacker Rolando McClain told the Ravens he's retiring. The 23-year-old played three seasons with the Raiders before signing a one-year deal with Baltimore on April 12. Ten days after signing with the Ravens, McClain was arrested in Decatur, Ala., and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. It was the third time the former Alabama star was arrested in Decatur since 2011.

Dunn gets MBA: Former Bucs and Florida State running back Warrick Dunn has earned a master's of business administration degree from Emory University. "You are never too old or too rich or never experienced enough to continue learning," Dunn, 38, told Fox 5 TV in Atlanta. He completed the degree in 21 months: "No matter where you come from, if you set your mind, if set your goals, if you work hard and dedicate and sacrifice, you can accomplish things, and this is a huge accomplishment."

Woman sues McCoy: A woman has sued Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, claiming he or a bodyguard hit her, threw a drink at her and tossed her off a party bus on the New Jersey Turnpike in December. The woman, identified by the fictitious name Mary Roe in legal papers, is asking for more than $50,000 in damages. She says she was one of about 15 women who joined McCoy and five other men on a bus for a night out in New York on Dec. 18. She said she was invited by McCoy's publicist. The woman says in the suit she objected on the way home when men began spraying the women with water. The bus was stopped and she was put out onto the turnpike, she said, though she later was let back on the bus. A lawyer for McCoy could not be reached for comment.

Patriots: Defensive tackle Kyle Love was released after he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes two weeks ago.

Raiders: Free agent Josh Cribbs, whose eight kickoff returns for TDs are tied for the most in NFL history, signed a one-year deal.

Redskins: Fifth-round pick and former FSU running back Chris Thompson became the club's third drafted player signed this week, joining linebacker Brandon Jenkins and safety Bacarri Rambo.

Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.

Knee issues force Garrard to retire 05/15/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:52am]

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