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Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither returned to practice this week after a long absence due to a neck injury.
And amid speculation that he could be inserted at right tackle now that rookie Michael Oher had played so well in his stead, Gaither returned to his former spot during the portion of practice open to the media.
“I expect to come back where I left off,” Gaither said on Wednesday.
Head coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t rule such a switch out, however, especially with the Denver Broncos and NFL sack leader Elvis Dumervil coming to Baltimore this weekend.
“All things are possible,” Harbaugh said on Monday. “We’re going to play our guys in the position that we think gives us the best advantage against guys like [Dumervil] and the rest of the Broncos. It’s a fast, aggressive defense, and they present a lot of challenges.”
Gaither dismissed the notion that he was feeling down because he didn’t play two weeks ago against the Minnesota Vikings even though he said he was 100 percent leading up to the game.
“I wasn’t disappointed, just wanted to make sure I was ready,” he explained.
The 6-foot-9, 340-pounder also expressed that he was “ready to go” against the Broncos’ second-ranked defense.
“They’re a good defensive team,” Gaither noted. “We’re just going to go out and do what we do best. I’m sure they’ll have a couple of schemes ready for us. They had a bye just like us to prepare, so we’ll be ready for them.”
Without Gaither, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked seven times, compared to only two when Gaither finished the game healthy.
Against the Vikings, Flacco had his foot stepped on and injured his ankle. The second-year passer said he would be ready to play Sunday.
“My feet are great. I feel good. I’m ready to go,” he stated.
Meanwhile, safety Ed Reed (illness) and linebacker Tavares Gooden (head) did not practice.
Linebacker Jarret Johnson (shoulder) and receiver David Tyree (hamstring) fully practiced, but they were also listed on the injury report.
The Broncos’ injury report came out late because of the two-hour time difference. Check back for more information on Denver’s injuries.