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Jared Gaither placed on injured reserve

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Chargers tackle Jared Gaither’s injury-plagued 2012 season has come to an end.

The Chargers announced Friday that Gaither has been placed on injured reserve, ending a year that barely started for the guy they expected to be their left tackle this season. Gaither battled a back injury in the summer and missed the first three games of the season. A groin injury has kept him out for three of the last five games and has now spelled the end of his year.

Undrafted rookie Mike Harris will likely remain at left tackle with Gaither officially out of the lineup the rest of the way. That’s not great news for the Chargers offense as Harris has struggled to keep pass rushers out of the backfield all year. That’s resulted in a lot of pocket discomfort for Philip Rivers and lackluster play when San Diego’s had the ball.

Gaither signed a four-year deal with the Chargers before the season that paid him $9 million for this season between salary and a signing bonus. That’s $2.25 million per game played and half the $4.5 million he’ll make next season. That money accounts for all the guarantees made to Gaither, so he’ll likely be back in 2013 but his injury history requires the Chargers to have a better backup plan in place.

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9 Responses to “Jared Gaither placed on injured reserve”
  1. kevinmanosur says: Nov 23, 2012 3:29 PM

    i wish they would put norv on IR

  2. dannymac17 says: Nov 23, 2012 3:34 PM

    screw this guy.

    cut him once hes declared healthy. what a bum. i hope noone gives this a guy a job, even at the concession stands.

  3. orivar says: Nov 23, 2012 3:38 PM

    With your sentence structure dannymac17, I do think that you’re not in the position to determine who gets a job or not.

  4. Paul Stagg says: Nov 23, 2012 3:41 PM

    He had injury issues in Baltimore too. Lots of talent, but never put everything together.

  5. eventhorizon04 says: Nov 23, 2012 4:05 PM

    He was a known injury risk coming to San Diego.

    With Gaither, you’re getting a high quality tackle when he’s healthy, but you gotta know he can’t stay healthy.

    It’s on the GM to not have a better backup in place.

  6. r8rh8r says: Nov 23, 2012 8:00 PM

    Not that anyone needed one, but here’s just another reason AJ Smith should be put out to pasture…

  7. raiderapologist says: Nov 23, 2012 8:20 PM

    Some team was going to pay Gaither this season. Fortunately, it was the Super Bowl Express. Choo choo.

  8. chargersdiehard says: Nov 23, 2012 9:46 PM

    Last year it was Bob Sanders. this season Gaither. I see the writing on the wall for Denario Alexander to get a big deal and the same thing happening. Hopefully AJ isn’t around to make the decision.

  9. jaialaicharger says: Nov 23, 2012 11:15 PM

    raiderapologist says:
    Nov 23, 2012 8:20 PM
    Some team was going to pay Gaither this season. Fortunately, it was the Super Bowl Express. Choo choo.


    Dude you crack me up. As bad as we are i find comfort to know we are still not raider bad.. choo choo

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