Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

IR a possibility for Gaither

OWINGS MILLS - Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither hasn't been medically cleared to resume playing football by California back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins.

Although Gaither's back injury is improving, he's still not considered ready to play.

His status is regarded as week to week.

Gaither flew to California Monday for another medical opinion from Watkins to examine a thoracic disc injury suffered during the first week of training camp.

Gaither was carted off the field Aug. 5 with an upper back injury that triggered back spasms.

Gaither returned to practice last Wednesday on a limited basis, but was unable to practice after saying his lower back was bothering him.

"We just don't know. That's a mystery right now," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said last week. "Jared is as frustrated as anybody. We'll know more on Monday when he gets a re-evaluation. We'll see how that goes."

Gaither was initially feeling better, but had trouble making it through a light practice.

"He said he was feeling better and he'd be able to go next week, he thought, so he went out there and went through a very light practice," Harbaugh said. "The next day, came in and his back was sore. So, we're sending him for a re-evaluation.

"Our doctors have looked at it, and they don't see it in there right now. So, we've got to find out from the best experts what exactly is causing that problem."

Harbaugh said that injured reserve is a possibility.

"Obviously, the clock is ticking on something like that," Harbaugh said.

Scott Kooistra was added to the roster after trying out Tuesday along with offensive linemen Jake Grove, Brett Romberg, Nick Leckey, Kynan Forney and Kirk Chambers.

The Ravens tried out offensive linemen Donald Thomas and Quinn Ojinnaka on Monday.
Kooistra is a 6-foot-6, 335-pound former Cincinnati Bengals seventh-round draft pick from North Carolina State.

Kooistra, 29, has played in 84 career NFL games with one start.

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