Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook

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Dolphins QB Garrard set for minor knee surgery

Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to be sidelined two to four weeks, his agent said Friday.

The recovery timetable probably takes Garrard out of the competition to win the starting job for the season opener in four weeks.

Garrard's knee had been bothering him for a few days, and following an examination he decided to have surgery rather than deal with the issue throughout the season, said his agent, Al Irby.

"He had been feeling some soreness, and he got it looked at," Irby said. "He could have played on it, but they'd rather do the surgery now to make him more comfortable, rather than fool around with it."

Garrard's best season was in 2007, when he threw 18 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. He topped 3,500 yards passing in 2008 and 2009, and he's 39-37 as a starter in nine seasons, all with Jacksonville.

Benson visits Packers - Free agent running back Cedric Benson has visited the Green Bay Packers, who may be looking to boost their depth at running back.

Agent Eugene Parker confirmed Friday that Benson visited Green Bay, but did not indicate that a deal was in place.

ESPN reported earlier Friday that Benson had visited the team and was expected to sign.

Benson is a free agent after four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He had 273 carries for 1,067 yards and six touchdowns rushing last season and has surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in each of the past three seasons.

The Packers did not re-sign veteran free agent Ryan Grant in the offseason, leaving James Starks as the most experienced member of a young backfield.

Colts GM excited about opener - New Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson concedes he has more than a few butterflies as the Colts wrap up preparations for their preseason opener with the Rams. …

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