It’s been six weeks since Chargers left tackle Jared Gaither’s back started acting up in the weight room, and they’re no closer to knowing when he’ll return to the practice field.
But they’re not ready to start thinking about shutting him down for the season.
“I think that’s way premature,” Chargers coach Norv Turner said, via Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. “Obviously, we have a guy we know it’s been, what, [six] weeks now, that anything is a possibility. But I think that’s premature.”
The Chargers have already used their “designated for return” IR spot on wide receiver Vincent Brown. He broke his ankle on Aug. 18, and is expected to miss eight weeks.
So for now, they seem content to wait on Gaither, who hasn’t practiced since suffering back spasms. He won’t play Monday against the Raiders, leaving undrafted rookie Michael Harris prtecting Philip Rivers’ blind side — at least until Week 1 passes and they can start looking for a veteran when they don’t have to guarantee a year’s salary.