Report: Chargers' medical staff questioned Jared Gaither's injuries

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

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Free-agent left tackle Jared Gaither's injuries in San Diego are coming into question. (USATSI)

The San Diego Chargers released left tackle Jared Gaither on Wednesday, and a report may shed some light as to why. According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Times, there were doubts within the organization last season regarding the severity of Gaither's back spasms and his desire to return to the field.

Sources indicated to Acee that many inside the organization felt that Gaither wasn't trying hard enough to return and he had an extremely low pain tolerance. Gaither left the team's first practice last season complaining of cramps, and sat out the third workout with back spasms.

Gaither missed about two months with the injury, and appeared in just four games in 2012. On March 12 of the same year, Gaither had signed a four-year, $24.5 million contract -- $9 million of which was guaranteed -- after joining the team and starting the final five games of the 2011 season.

Of course, it's difficult to prove the extent of Gaither's pain, but such a report certainly won't be doing any wonders for his reputation of being unmotivated.

The 27-year-old was released by the Chiefs and Ravens -- he was reportedly known as "The Big Lazy" in Baltimore -- prior to being let go by San Diego.

It will be interesting to see which teams, if any, will be willing to take a chance on Gaither. When playing, Gaither (6-9, 340) can be dominant and is viewed as one of the best left tackles in the game.

The issue, of course, is getting him on the field.

 
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