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Jared Gaither ruled out of Week One

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We still don’t know when or if Chargers left tackle Jared Gaither is going to return to the field after suffering what were called back spasms more than a month ago.

We do know that he won’t be making his return in Week One against the Raiders. The Chargers announced Saturday that Gaither will miss the season opener and that undrafted rookie Mike Harris will be protecting quarterback Philip Rivers‘ blind side. Coach Norv Turner declined to say that Gaither had a setback, but did say that he hasn’t made any progress since his original injury.

“It’s a very disappointing situation we have been dealing with the entire training camp. Jared is hurt and not available to us. The clock struck midnight for him after our last preseason game, and we are moving on with Mike Harris,” General Manager A.J. Smith said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune.  “Mike will get the first opportunity to hold down our left tackle position. He is a talented kid with a bunch of ability. He is excited about this opportunity, and we are all excited for him.”

The injuries to Gaither and running back Ryan Mathews leaves the Chargers with a less potent offense than they hoped to have coming out of the gate. Mathews is set to return soon, but the Chargers’ chances of rebounding from last season will take a serious blow if Harris can’t handle left tackle during what we have to assume at this point is an extended engagement.

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33 Responses to “Jared Gaither ruled out of Week One”
  1. 52crabcakes says: Sep 2, 2012 8:11 AM

    As a Ravens fan, this is not surprising. The kid can play when he wants to.

  2. philvil41 says: Sep 2, 2012 8:17 AM

    Gaither or not the Raiders are going to crack Philip Rivers’ skull on opening night.

  3. derek2957 says: Sep 2, 2012 8:21 AM

    Although I wish nothing but the best for Jared, I think as a Ravens fan, and a Terps fan, that these have been issues that have plagued him throughout his career. I just think that they guy doesn’t want to play football. Those were the rumors coming out around the supplemental draft and while he was here, he loves the money but hates playing football. Seems he always comes down with back spasms around training camp time. It’s a shame because this is a guy with the physical build and skills to be a top five tackle if he ever gave it his all.

  4. chargersdiehard says: Sep 2, 2012 8:36 AM

    If we were playing any team other than the Raiders I’d be concerned. Chargers 27- Gangbangers-13

  5. souldogdave says: Sep 2, 2012 8:44 AM

    Wow, a slam on the Raiders here from a Charger fan. Uncalled for, and actually kinda silly since the Raider D will destroy that rookie and Rivers will be scrambling and all the rest. No o-line, no running back, and best receiver long gone… See you Mon. night, sucker!!

  6. joetoronto says: Sep 2, 2012 8:47 AM

    Crack that skull.

    Go Raiders!

  7. wherezwaldo says: Sep 2, 2012 8:52 AM

    Hopefully no one gets shot in the face.

  8. sportsmeccabi says: Sep 2, 2012 9:09 AM

    This is why I avoided chargers players like the plague in my fantasy drafts, their offensive line is a mess with all of their injuries.

  9. tomsd1 says: Sep 2, 2012 9:17 AM

    C Nick Hardwick could also go out with a concussion/head slap – and then Rivers will really be ducking for his life.

  10. upyoursnfu says: Sep 2, 2012 9:28 AM

    turd

  11. wize21 says: Sep 2, 2012 9:33 AM

    Exact reason Hugh did sign him to the Raiders last season no heart

  12. imbebop says: Sep 2, 2012 9:36 AM

    From a Ravens POV……SSDD

  13. raiderapologist says: Sep 2, 2012 10:17 AM

    No worries. The Chargers are riding the Super Bowl Express, and that train ain’t a stoppin’ for nothing or nobody.

  14. villa41 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:18 AM

    I’ve been saying it. I’ll say it one more time. The Dolts have one of the worst O-lines in the league, and that’s with Gaither. Now, they go into opening night with Mike Harris at LT, Tyronne Green at LG, maybe Nick Hardwick at C, Louis Vasquez at RG, and Jeremy Clary at RT. WOW. Hardwick is a proven good player, but he’s been injured and how much does he really have left? The rest of the line is made up of sub par back ups (Harris & Green), a guy that should be a back up (Clary), and an underachiever since he came into the league (Vasquez).

    On top of this the Dolts will be going against agruably the best D-line in the league. The game will be won in the trenches (as it usually is), and Oakland is going to physically whip the Dolts at the line (especially on D). I expect the Raider D to get medieval on Rivers and his porous O-line. Raiders 17 – Dolts 3.

  15. jredshoes says: Sep 2, 2012 10:23 AM

    I reminder when the Chiefs cut him and SD picked him up they acted like KC had lost their minds. Evidently the Ravens and the Chiefs knew something about his injuries/lack of work ethic

  16. shootscuz says: Sep 2, 2012 10:34 AM

    They have slowly given away most the talent around Rivers and haven’t done much to improve his o-line. The Chargers stock is falling.

  17. lanzurrah says: Sep 2, 2012 10:35 AM

    Raiders still get waxed, did you guys forget your QB is Carson Palmer?

  18. gooboy6 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:54 AM

    As a chiefs fan I love the fact that AJ is still calling the shots for Chargers, keep it up big ego Lord of no Rings !!! :)

  19. lanzurrah says: Sep 2, 2012 11:13 AM

    Hahaha…”The Raiders have arguably the best d-line in the league”….what are you smoking? The same d-line that finished 27th in run defense last year, en route to a 29th ranked overall defense?….and who did they add of substance to improve this off season? How many draft picks did the Raiders use to improve that 29th ranked defense?

    As for the Chargers o-line…4 of the 5 that played last year in the finale against the Raiders will play on Monday. They were good for almost 500 yards of offense, 0 sacks of Rivers, and 38 points on the scoreboard.

  20. mtstrecker says: Sep 2, 2012 11:39 AM

    Breaking News:

    Philip Rivers ruled out of Week Two.

  21. villa41 says: Sep 2, 2012 11:43 AM

    lanzurrah says:Sep 2, 2012 11:13 AM
    ——————————————————-

    It wasn’t talent on the D-line that got the Raiders such a poor ranking in yards allowed last year. It was scheme and coaching. Oh yeah, Matt Shaughnessy was injured too.

    Who did we add? Hmm….Philip Wheeler at LB who’s a huge improvement over Kam Wimbley and Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer who are both upgrades over Routt and Johnson. The Raider D overall will be much improved this year due to coaching and scheme alone, and the players will be ultilized to maximize the talent they have. The talent is there. Now it will be used properly.

    Keep your head buried in the sand. While the Dolts have been getting worse and worse every year, the Raiders have caught and surpassed them.

  22. macadamia2010 says: Sep 2, 2012 12:08 PM

    John Harbaugh is flabbergasted.

  23. carlsbadboltfan says: Sep 2, 2012 12:48 PM

    joetoronto says: Sep 2, 2012 8:47 AM

    Crack that skull.

    Go Raiders!
    ————————————————————

    Now this is laughable…

    The only “crack” you’ll hear about in DOHkland is the kind that’s sold in the parking lot of ‘O.co’.

    joetoronto pwnt again. LOL

  24. carlsbadboltfan says: Sep 2, 2012 12:50 PM

    villa41 says: Sep 2, 2012 11:43 AM

    It wasn’t talent on the D-line that got the Raiders such a poor ranking in yards allowed last year. It was scheme and coaching. Oh yeah, Matt Shaughnessy was injured too.

    Who did we add? Hmm….Philip Wheeler at LB who’s a huge improvement over Kam Wimbley and Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer who are both upgrades over Routt and Johnson. The Raider D overall will be much improved this year due to coaching and scheme alone, and the players will be ultilized to maximize the talent they have. The talent is there. Now it will be used properly.

    Keep your head buried in the sand. While the Dolts have been getting worse and worse every year, the Raiders have caught and surpassed them.
    ————————————————————-

    None of this explains why the raiders haven’t had a winning season in over a decade.

    Carson Palmer is your biggest liability and is DONE.

  25. villa41 says: Sep 2, 2012 1:36 PM

    carlsbadboltfan says:Sep 2, 2012 12:50 PM
    —————————————————–

    Try as you Dolt fans might to make yourselves believe it and feel better, Carson Palmer is not Kerry Collins, Aaron Brooks, Andrew Walter, Josh McCown, Daunte Culpepper, Bruce Gradkowski, JaMarcus Russell, or Jason Campbell. Palmer has a lot of juice left and is much better than that sorry group.

    Based on what I’ve seen out of Rivers last year and this preseason, he’s the one that looks DONE.

  26. robgilman says: Sep 2, 2012 1:50 PM

    yeahh boy, the Coliseum will be rockinnn! Hell of a way to start of the season, with a malicious stomp on Rivers and friends. The d-line is nasty, he’s probably shaking in his cleats right now. I smell a couple of picks coming too, Phil has been throwing wild and cant handle the pressure. Raiders win decisively next week and Norv begins his hibernation while dolt “fans” try to run him out of town..

    Time to blow the wheels off the charger choo choo Superbowl Express RAAAAAIDERRRRS!

  27. chargerzz says: Sep 2, 2012 1:55 PM

    Carson Palmer is the worst QB in the AFC west

  28. dumbolt says: Sep 2, 2012 3:58 PM

    choo choo super bowl express looks like it is getting de-railed before the season even starts…..go norv…go aj

  29. radrntn says: Sep 2, 2012 4:04 PM

    only have two words;

    GO RAIDERS!

  30. radrntn says: Sep 2, 2012 4:10 PM

    two word for the chargers

    choo choo……..lmao

  31. raiderapologist says: Sep 2, 2012 5:53 PM

    lanzurrah says: Sep 2, 2012 10:35 AM

    Raiders still get waxed, did you guys forget your QB is Carson Palmer?
    ———-
    I’ll see your Carson Palmer and raise you one undrafted rookie left tackle.

  32. atacoshipinaseaofwhitesauce says: Sep 3, 2012 10:00 AM

    It’s strange how some “fans” boast of injuring opponents ( “crack his skull” etc). Exactly how full of despair are you in your personal life to not care about others, honour, or even common sense? To not care about your Self. Why do you glory in blinding darkness? Why do you prefer being a jackal to being a man? Because anger and violence and animal behaviour has become normal to you? Because you have forgotten what light is like? I’d swear none of you have ever played on any team and enjoyed actual sport. (No, Betting and boozing and cursing your opponents are not sports)

  33. tomsd1 says: Sep 3, 2012 11:57 AM

    Played team sports since the first grade and a little football and baseball in college. We always talked about kicking the crap out of the opponent, and while crack his skull is used more in the sense of lay somebody out – we never thought about permanently injuring somebody but would definitely want to put a big hit on them, and if it knocked them out of the game, so much the better.

    Take a chill pill atacos.

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