Backup quarterback David Garrard is likely not to be a full participant in this weekend's mini-camp, as Garrard attempts to recover from an abdominal blockage. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that information late this afternoon.
"David, in the past week, has struggled with some medical issues, and I would ask that people respect his privacy on that, but he has an abdominal blockage problem," Del Rio said of the third-year pro from East Carolina.
"It has actually taken a turn for the better. He has avoided surgery and it looks like it may be OK. But he may be limited this weekend," Del Rio added.
The Jaguars signed veteran backup Doug Johnson earlier today and, obviously, the addition of Johnson and the news of Garrard's abdominal problems are linked. The Jaguars have concern Garrard's situation could resurface at a later date, or worsen. Johnson offers the Jaguars needed insurance at the position.
Del Rio was most concerned today with ending rumors that the addition of Johnson means Garrard will be traded.
"David Garrard is not trade bait. We are not even considering moving David Garrard. We can put an end to that speculation," Del Rio said.
Garrard officially remains number two on the Jaguars depth chart. If Garrard is fully recovered from his abdominal problems for the start of training camp, he and Johnson will compete for the backup job behind Byron Leftwich.