Jared Gaither's Back to be Re-Evaluated

Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither is headed to Los Angeles on Saturday for another visit with back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins.

Originally scheduled to miss 4-to-6 weeks with slight tear in his thoracic disk in early August, Gaither has only practiced one time (on a limited basis on Thursday) and may ultimately be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

"Obviously, the clock is ticking on something like that," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said on Friday.

Since being chosen in the 2007 NFL Supplemental Draft, the 6-9 tackle from Maryland has started 28 games, primarily at left tackle. Gaither was expected to switch sides with 2009 first-round pick Michael Oher this season, but several ailments have kept him off the field.

Gaither showed up to training nearly 30 pounds lighter than his regular playing weight of 340 pounds. Gaither dropped the weight to alleviate stress on foot and toe injuries, and missed a few of the early training camp practices with a mysterious ailment that required bloodwork.

When Gaither was cleared to return, his back began to spasm, sending him to Dr. Watkins.

Ineligible for unrestricted free agency, Gaither is making $2.396 million in base salary under a "First Round" restricted free agent tender.

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