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Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Jared Gaither to start over with Chiefs

GaitherPosted by Josh Katzowitz

With Jared Gaither helping hold down the Ravens offensive line, Baltimore was consistently one of the best running teams in the league. Last season, though, Gaither missed the entire year with a back injury, and perhaps not coincidentally, the Ravens running game became rather mediocre.

But with Baltimore set at the T position this season with Michael Oher and Oniel Cousins, the Ravens declined to sign the free agent Gaither -- which, as it turns out, opened the door for the Chiefs, who signed a deal with Gaither on Thursday.

The 6-foot-9, 340-pound Gaither played LT with the Ravens in 2008 and 2009. It’s not immediately clear on what side of the OL he’ll play for Kansas City, though it stands to reason that, assuming Gaither is healthy, he’s a more enticing tackle than Branden Albert on the left side or Barry Richardson on the right side.

There was a thought, though, that if the Ravens re-signed Gaither, they could return him to LT and switch Oher -- who struggled badly at times trying to protect QB Joe Flacco last season -- to the right side of the line.

But either Baltimore is extremely confident in Oher or not so confident in Gaither’s back, and now it’s up to the Chiefs to discover what Gaither has -- or doesn’t have -- left in his body.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 6:32 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 6:35 pm
 

Jared Gaither still a no go

Posted by Andy Benoit

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that doctors have not cleared Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither to resume playing. Gaither visited Dr. Robert Watkins in California for a second opinion on his back injury. The fourth-year pro suffered a thoracic disc injury early in training camp.J. Gaither (US Presswire)

"The good news is he's getting better," a source told National Football Post. "The bad news is he's not ready to play yet. It's a medical issue, it's an issue with a spinal disc. He has made progress, but it's a week-to-week thing."

Back injuries can be maddeningly enigmatic. Gaither found this out last Wednesday when he returned to practice but was limited by pain down low.

"We just don't know, that's a mystery right now," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said last week. "Jared is as frustrated as anybody. We'll know more on Monday when he gets a re-evaluation. We'll see how that goes."

When healthy, Gaither is one of the premiere offensive tackles in football. He’s the size of a small house, powerful in the ground game and athletic enough to drop in pass protection and consistently engulf ends with his long arms.

It’s possible Gaither will wind up contributing nothing to the Ravens in 2010. When he returns he’ll have to adjust to the somewhat unfamiliar right tackle position. By the time he gets back, coaches may decide to continue developing raw but intriguing third-year man Oniel Cousins.

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