The bad news continues to pile up in Baltimore. First, cornerback Domonique Foxworth went down with a torn ACL. This afternoon, stud right tackle Jared Gaither was carted off the field with a back injury. The Baltimore Sun writes:
Gaither had ice on his lower back after being injured in the afternoon practice, according to Sun reporter Edward Lee. The severity of the injury is unknown.
He had been rotating with Michael Oher at left and right tackle during the morning and afternoon practices.
Gaither had been absent for most of the offseason workouts because of a toe injury. Now, he could miss time because of a back injury.
If Gaither is unavailable, the Ravens would play Oher at left tackle (which has been the plan all along) and likely go with Oniel Cousins at right tackle. Coaches will say that they’re confident in Cousins and that the super-raw third-round pick of ’08 has made drastic improvements to his strength and technique. This is true, but the fact of the matter is, Cousins is also the guy who got dismantled by the Steelers in Week 16 last year (he gave up two sacks in the closing minutes and had been briefly benched earlier in the game). Cousins, a native of Jamaica who is still relatively new to the sport of football, has made great strides, but he still has a ways to go.
UPDATE: Good news: Mike Duffy of the Ravens team website says that Gaither was only suffering from cramps.
-- Andy Benoit
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