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Many fans have questioned why Jared Gaither didn’t attend the early part of training camp.
It’s because the first few days were set apart for rookies and other specifically selected injured veterans. Gaither was dealing with a foot injury that didn’t meet the requirement – those who ended the season on Injured Reserve or had some type of offseason surgery.
Gaither actually showed up early – at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, to be exact.
He walked in the Best Western in Westminster, Md., just around the time Terrell Suggs did, when all veterans who did not have an offseason surgery were supposed to report.
Gaither said he was eager to begin practice, which seemed to be the running sentiment among many other veterans.
“I’m feeling good,” Gaither said. “Looking forward to getting this started.”
As for Suggs, he seemed to be slimmer than he was at this time last year, when he reported to training camp at 283 pounds. Suggs told BaltimoreRavens.com two weeks ago that he was in the mid 260s, and he certainly looked the part.
On the other hand, Paul Kruger set out to gain weight this offseason. He said he filled out what was a rookie 260-pound frame to 273 pounds, a move that should serve him well as he plays more of a down lineman role.
Other notable veterans to make appearances throughout move-in day:
Ray Rice asked a Ravens’ employee in the front lobby if there was any coconut water, known for its hydrating uses, in the building.
Willis McGahee used a luggage trolley to transport his large flat-screen television and Playstation 3.
Derrick Mason went to the Ravens’ afternoon practice and chatted with General Manager Ozzie Newsome.
The Ravens have a full-team meeting Wednesday evening before Thursday’s administrative day, which is closed to the public and media.