June 19, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Jared Gaither (78) smiles during a drill during minicamp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

When Do We Start to Get Concerned with The Big Lazy?


Jared Gaither picked up the nickname “The Big Lazy” while playing football in Baltimore. He struggled through a foot injury in 2010 and Coach John Harbaugh felt that Gaither overplayed the injury.

In that same year in Baltimore, Gaither hadto fight through back issues. The pain was so constant that he had to sit out the whole season on injured reserve. He was diagnosed with a “thoracic disk injury.” He became a free agent in 2011 and all teams were concerned with his injury till he eventually caught on with the Kansas City Chiefs. They cut him and now he is a San Diego Charger.

The first day of training camp, Gaither had to be taking off on a cart with a “whole body cramp.” Overplaying a cramp a bit much?

Gaither already has a history with a back injury, sitting out a whole season with that injury, and now the back is acting up again with back spasms causing him to miss practice. He has only been able to participate in one practice since training camp started. This seems like something that could linger around for the whole season, but Michael Gehlken says that the Chargers are not concerned.

How long do we wait till we start to worry? Too late, I already started!

Tags: Jared Gaither

  • 619chargers4life

    No worries honestly till i see a game in which that left side completely blows it. but even then with the versatile vets we brought in even if i say to myself what would happen if Gaither gets pulled from the lineup, i honestly think that with the 2 or 3 other guys that can play that spot that we should be ok . and if not. then Mathews better learn to block in a hurry lol

  • 619chargers4life

    hey E,
    any word on if there gonna stream the joint practice with our bolts and them boys. hate to have to watch it again on there web site. wish i had season tickets so i can go boo them boys lol

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      only word i heard is that those practices are for the season ticket holders only. assuming that there will not be a video feed.

      • 619chargers4life

        good looking out

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i will ask the PR guy just to make sure

  • bleu

    next season draft they should just focus on oline and the secondary bottom line…….

  • jonpviv

    no homer charger reporters around here huh?

  • blu3ny3llow

    Not gonna lie im a lil concerned back spasms are no joke………does anyone know how henderson is looking at LT???

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      he is losing reps to undrafted free agent Mike Harris in practice

  • arnie

    well at least they didn’t get rid of BigMac, just in case things didn’t work out. Oh? they already released him? well Dombrowski is here, he only gives up 2 or 3 sacks a game… oh? he’s out too?….

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      thanks… you made me feel so much better!! hahahaha

      • arnie

        it was my pleasure. See, this is what’s called, “drinking the Kool-Aid”. And i do not drink anything the Chargers try to serve anymore. It’s easy to get shortsighted jump on the band wagon and say, “Who needs BigMac? Gaither is Awesome!” But i tend to be the type of fan that says . hold on? why didn’t Gaither make it with other teams?
        Now we see why. I could run my mouth, but sometimes it’s better to sit back, and let the turd float to the surface.