Gaither: No Timetable on Return

Jared Gaither said he doesn’t need surgery, but won’t return until he’s 100 percent.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither said he is suffering with a thoracic disc injury and wasn’t sure when he would return to the practice field.

“As soon as I’m 100 percent healthy, I’ll be back,” Gaither said on Monday when asked about his timetable.  ”I couldn’t tell you.  I don’t know.”

A thoracic disc injury can be caused by sudden trauma to the upper back.  The ailment can lead to radiating pain and numbness in the upper back.

The Maryland product, who has not practiced since Aug. 5, said he has had good conversations with Harbaugh throughout the rehabilitation process, which includes rest and close work with the Ravens’ trainers.  Gaither said he will not need surgery.

“Right now, the conversations between me and Coach Harbaugh are basically [about] how I’m feeling and how soon would I be back,” Gaither noted.  ”Just how am I doing individually, as a person, and football is second.”

Gaither still hopes to suit up Sept. 13 against the New York Jets, but did not want to pinpoint an exact date for a comeback.

“The aim is to get back as soon as possible,” said Gaither.  ”So whenever I’m healthy, that’s when I’ll be back there. I know that.”

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