Pro football: Jets keep Garrard and cut Quinn

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On Monday, the New York Jets activated veteran quarterback David Garrard to the 53-man roster and released former Notre Dame standout, Brady Quinn.

The 35-year-old Garrard was removed from the reserve-retired list two weeks ago and placed on the exempt list, meaning he was eligible to practice and attend meetings. The Jets had until 4 p.m. EDT Monday to decide whether to activate him.

Garrard signed with New York in March before leaving because of knee trouble in May. He said he felt healthy after taking the summer to rest and re-considered retirement. Garrard will serve as a backup to rookie Geno Smith.

Quinn, signed last month after Mark Sanchez injured a shoulder, had been listed as the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart behind Smith and Matt Simms.

Meriweather suspended

The NFL announced Monday that Washington safety Brandon Meriweather will be suspended for this week’s game against the Denver Broncos and the following game against San Diego.

Meriweather has the right to appeal.

He was flagged twice for hits on defenseless receivers in Sunday’s 45-41 win over the Chicago Bears, in the third quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Alshon Jeffery in the fourth quarter for a helmet-first hit to the head and neck area of Brandon Marshall.

Meriweather also was fined $42,000 for a helmet-first hit on Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy in Week 2. Later in that same game, another helmet-first hit left Meriweather with a concussion. The two-game suspension will cost Meriweather $141,176 in salary.

Bradford out

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament.

The extent of the injury to Bradford’s left knee was confirmed after an MRI exam, the team said Monday.

Bradford tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 30-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers when he landed on his knee after being shoved out of bounds by Panthers safety Mike Mitchell.

Kellen Clemens replaced Bradford and is the only other quarterback on the roster.

Bud Adams dies at 90

Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams, who helped found the American Football League and whose battles for players helped lead to the merger with the NFL, has died. He was 90.

The team announced Monday that Adams had died, saying he “passed away peacefully from natural causes.”

The son of a prominent oil executive, Adams built his own energy fortune and founded the Houston Oilers. He moved the team to Tennessee in 1997 when he couldn’t get the new stadium he wanted in Houston. The franchise, renamed the Titans, in 2000 reached the Super Bowl.

Adams’ 409 wins were the most of any current NFL owner.

“I consider Bud one of the founders of the game of professional football because of his role in helping to create the American Football League,” Dallas owner Jerry Jones said in a statement.

Adams was a 1940 graduatuate of Culver Military.