It’s been a roller coaster ride the past couple of years for Jared Gaither, who has gone from starting at left tackle in Baltimore, to recently taking over the position in San Diego– with stops in between– in John Harbaugh’s doghouse and Kansas City along the way.
Gaither is with his second team since he and Baltimore decided to part ways this offseason. The 6-foot-9, 340 pound offensive linemen, landed on his feet quickly, signing with the Kansas City Chiefs after the NFL lockout ended.
Well, that marriage didn’t last all that long, as Gaither was cut last month and was promptly picked up off waivers by the San Diego Chargers, who have started the troubled Gaither the past two weeks.
Last year, in his final season with the Ravens, things went from worse to ugly in a hurry for Gaither. First, the 25-year-old arrived at training camp 30 pounds lighter than expected, which really set off Harbaugh. Then after sitting idle for a few months, the Ravens elected to place Gaither on injured reserve with a “so-called” back injury, effectively ending his 2010 season.
On Sunday night, Gaither will face perhaps face his toughest matchup in his career. He will be presented with the challenge of blocking Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, two of the past three weeks.
Oh by the way, it’s worth noting that Suggs comes into Sunday night’s contest with an AFC-best 13 sacks.