Jacksonville Jaguars release quarterback David Garrard | NFL
The Jacksonville Jaguars released quarterback David Garrard, a decision that will save the franchise $9 million in 2011.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars released starting quarterback David Garrard on Tuesday, making a decision that will save the franchise $9 million in 2011.
Whether it saves coach Jack Del Rio's job remains to be seen. Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver has said Jacksonville needs to make the playoffs for Del Rio to stay for a 10th season.
Del Rio made it clear late last season he had grown tired of Garrard's inconsistent ways, but the coach remained steadfast through training camp and the exhibition season that Garrard was his starter. That changed when the Jaguars parted ways with Garrard, 33, after nine up-and-down seasons.
The move came two hours after the team introduced Garrard as its starting quarterback at a kickoff luncheon at the chamber of commerce.
"He was given every opportunity," said Del Rio, who added the team didn't try to trade Garrard. "He was somewhat apologetic that he wasn't able to deliver."
Luke McCown will be the starter.
Edwards is fined
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Receiver Braylon Edwards of the San Francisco 49ers will not be suspended, but the league fined him $50,000 for driving while intoxicated last year.
A Cleveland judge spared ex-New York Jet Edwards jail time in July but extended his Ohio probation by a year for violating terms by driving drunk in New York City last September.
In January 2010, Edwards pleaded no contest in Cleveland to aggravated disorderly conduct after being accused of punching a friend of NBA superstar LeBron James.
While on his 18-month probation from the Cleveland case, Edwards was charged with DWI; police said his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
• Linebacker Jonathan Goff of the New York Giants will miss the season because of a torn knee ligament. Goff, 25, was injured during practice Monday.
• With Peyton Manning listed as doubtful for Sunday's season opener at Houston, Kerry Collins insists he is ready to face a daunting task in his 17th league season — replacing Manning as quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts.
"I know what it takes to prepare and be successful in this league, so I'm going to do all those things, rely on all the experience that I have," said Collins, 38.
• The family of a man killed in an alleged hit-and-run has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against ex-Minnesota tight end Joe Senser and his wife.
Anousone Phanthavong, 38, of Roseville, Minn., was hit after he ran out of gas on a freeway ramp in Minneapolis last month.
Senser's wife, Amy, has said she was the vehicle's driver. The lawsuit names both Sensers and seeks at least $50,000 in damages. No charges have been filed.
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