Former Raven Gaither disappoints Chargers

Former Raven Gaither disappoints Chargers
November 24, 2012, 5:00 am
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It appears the San Diego Chargers have given up on left tackle – and former Raven and University of Maryland product – Jared Gaither.

He was placed on injured reserve Friday and coach Norv Turner didn’t seem pleased with the sixth-year player who spent his first four seasons in Baltimore.

"We've given Jared Gaither every opportunity to be a part of this team," Turner said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, about this season. "It just hasn't worked out."

The Ravens play at the Chargers on Sunday.

This was Gaither’s second year in San Diego. He's been injured on and off since offseason practice and only played in four games since signing a $24.5 million deal for four years with an $8 million signing bonus.

"It's an injury,” Gaither said, according to the Union-Tribune, when asked if he’d let his teammates down.  "Those things happen. You can't get yourself down. You have to continue to support the guys and work to get out there myself. Of course, it's disappointing. Anytime you can't do what you want to do, it's disappointing. You've just got to keep working. ...

"I mean, it's tough. I don't know what you're looking for. It's tough. I'm not out there, and I want to be out there. The situation is tough. I don't know how to give it you in another way. It's a tough situation."

Michael Harris will start in his place and Kevin Haslam will be promoted from the practice squad as his backup Saturday, according to the Union-Tribune.

With guard starting guard Tyronne Green also bothered by a hamstring, Haslam becomes more important. But Haslam hasn’t played a regular season game since 2010, when he was active five times for the Jacksonville Jaguars.