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Poll Results: Is Jared Gaither Overplaying “Faking” His Injury? 75% – Faking It

By Ernie Padaon

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

Some fans believe that Jared Gaither is playing up his injury and others are just pissed off because he just got paid in and has to sit on the sideline with an injury. Where do you stand?

In the first practice of training camp, Gaither had to be carted off of the field with what was called a whole body cramp. He was able to get to practice the next day, but then these back spasms started acting up and he has not been on the practice field since.

He has been short with the media when asked about the injuries and has said that he is ‘a professional athlete’ and ‘these things happen’. He has had multiple MRIs on his back, but none of the results have been disclosed to the public.

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

In that same year with Baltimore, Gaither’s back issues surfaced. His back pain was so constant that he had to sit out the whole season and the Ravens placed him on injured reserve. Could that be a sign of things to come?

History has coaches questioning his effort and history also shows that he has had back problems. Either way, it is a bad situation.

What side are you on: Is he overplaying the injury or is he really hurt?

Is Jared Gaither Overplaying His Injury?

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