Report: Ravens to place Jared Gaither on injured reserve

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Ravens will place offensive tackle Jared Gaither on injured reserve, ending his season.

Gaither hasn’t played a snap this year due to a back injury.  
Baltimore has withstood Gaither’s absence by moving usual right guard Marshal Yanda to right tackle, and promoting Chris Chester into the starting lineup at right guard.  Still, Gaither’s injury is a blow to his long-term outlook.  
A 26-game starter — all at left tackle — over the previous two years, Gaither was considered one of the best young tackles in football as the 2009 season came to a close.  The former supplemental draft pick suffered a back injury on one of the first days of training camp, however, and may need surgery.
Gaither was “playing” on a one-year contract, so he’s now scheduled to enter the 2011 free agent market coming off back surgery.  Gaither might’ve been in line for a Marcus McNeill-like mega deal had he stayed healthy.
Now, the 24-year-old may have to settle for a one-year, “prove-it” deal on the open market.
According to Schefter, the Ravens will use the open roster spot to activate safety Ed Reed (hip) from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

11 responses to “Report: Ravens to place Jared Gaither on injured reserve

  1. He came up with different ailaments when told about the position change. I don’t know if he’s really injured but if he isn’t he may have screwed himself out of a good contract.

  2. A guy can speed all day… Doesn’t mean he gets pulled over…
    Double teams and help from the backs will do wonders…
    What’s with ravens fan getting defensive about a game they won… I’m just saying – watch the film man.

  3. Not getting defensive, but you must not have seen the same game that I did. You’re also greatly overstating any issues here with the OL. Flacco has been one of the least sacked QB’s in the entire league thus far. Stats are your friend.
    Yanda has performed admirably at RT this season. As the new offensive line configuration continues to gel, these guys are only going to get better. You can watch all the film you want, but when the numbers don’t back you up, you probably need to pay closer attention to what you think you’re seeing.

  4. Hey at least you made my point. Yandas a turnstile, the film proves it even if the stats don’t.
    When the stats tell you one thing, sometimes you gotta look at film to see reality (example – chargers 2010 season)

  5. Ok I just watched the first half and other than seeing vickers make ray Lewis look like a powder puff player and hillis owning people, what I’ve seen is that yanda is getting beat about 80% of the plays where he isn’t covered by a TE or getting help from guard or RB… Compared to only about 40% beat ratio for Oher (I actually expected Oher to do better). You are correct though that flacco wasn’t getting sacked – throwing the ball up a ton/ or away.

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