The Chargers have held three practices during training camp and left tackle Jared Gaither has dealt with injuries during two of them.
Gaither was carted off the field with cramps during Thursday’s opening workout and he missed all of Saturday’s work with muscle spasms. According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union Tribune, the Chargers feel that the two injuries are unrelated and that Gaither’s status is day-to-day going forward.
“It was completely different,” coach Norv Turner said. “He’s a big, tall guy. He was lifting this morning, and he just kind of turned, and he’s got some muscle spasms. I’m confident it’s a day-to-day thing.”
Gaither joined the Chargers after getting cut by the Chiefs last season and San Diego signed him to a four-year contract in March. Back problems helped cause his departure from Baltimore after the 2010 season. Mario Henderson, who didn’t play in 2011 after showing up to Raiders camp out of shape, has stepped in for Gaither.
That underscores how crucial a healthy Gaither is for the Chargers this season. They haven’t gotten one yet and they may have to scramble for further help if Gaither can’t start staying on the field for two consecutive days.