Jared Gaither’s camp off to a rough start


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.

4 responses to “Jared Gaither’s camp off to a rough start

  1. Now you know why a team, like the Ravens, in need of offensive line help wouldn’t give him a sniff or a dime.

    He can play when he’s motivated. But, he couldn’t stay motivated in college which is why he was in the supplemental draft, and a fifth round pick at that. He couldn’t stay motivated in Baltimore, even in contract years. He was motivated at the end of last season to get a contract. Now you gave him the contract he has no motivation. Enjoy the drama San Diego!

  2. I”ve said this before. The Chargers O-line (or lack of it) will be the single biggest reason this team misses the play-offs again. There’s a reason Gaither was let go by two teams. Teams don’t let guys go that they perceive have value, especially left tackles.

    Gaither will be lucky to start the season, and Dielman is gone. Tyronne Green (who’s done nothing in 3 full years in the league), Nick Hardwick (solid but getting old), Louis Vasquez (average), and Jeremy Clary (plain bad) are the other starters. This is not a good group overall. Add to that Mario Henderson (who I can say with certainty is awful as a Raider fan) and Brandon Dombrowski as the primary back ups. Wow. This team is in trouble.

    Rivers (not exactly Michael Vick out there as far as mobility) will eating te ball a lot this season, and I don’t see a lot of holes for Mathews (you know the guy that is supposedly elite).

    AJ and Norv can punch their tickets out of town right now, by not really addressing this line. Oakland continues to be the sleeper team no one is counting on. Let’s see what happens when the season starts.

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