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Gaither's back injury clouds Ravens' ORT picture

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By Mike Wilkening

Ravens ORT Jared Gaither missed the majority of training camp and was expected to miss all of the preseason because of a back injury, and whether he will be ready for the regular-season opener against the Jets on Sept. 13 is somewhat in question. However, head coach John Harbaugh, speaking to Baltimore reporters on Aug. 25, said he had been told Gaither's injury, which the tackle has said is to his thoracic disc, could heal quickly, and Harbaugh noted Gaither has been diligent in his work as he tries to return to the field. On Aug. 14, Harbaugh had said Gaither could return in 2-3 weeks. "We were given that basic time frame for when he might be back, and we just have to see how it goes," Harbaugh said. Gaither told The (Baltimore) Sun that he would return when he was "100 percent" healthy. If Gaither were out for the opener, the Ravens ideally would turn to Oniel Cousins, assuming he has recovered from a concussion suffered on Aug. 18.



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