Gaither returns after two day absence

A day after head coach John Harbaugh expressed some uncertainty about Jared Gaither’s health and weight, the offensive tackle was back on the fields at McDaniel College.

Gaither, who missed the last two days of practice, returned this morning, and participated in full contact drills for the first time since Friday’s a.m. session.

“I really don’t know what was bothering him,” Harbaugh said. “We learned it’s nothing major. They take bloodwork and things like that and it’s really not a major thing, which is what they were taking precautions on. So, they cleared him to go this morning and he was out there and did a nice job.”

Gaither has caused a bit of a stir by dropping from the 340 pounds that he weighed last year all the way down to 311 pounds.

Harbaugh said yesterday that the Ravens were not aware that Gaither would be cutting weight this offseason.

“No, I haven’t talked to him about that,” Harbaugh said today. “What I’m talking to him about right now is playing. I think the weight issue will take care of itself, one way or another. He’s going to lift. He’s going to work hard in the weight room. He’s going to eat, so I’m sure the weight will work itself out one way or another. The main thing is he gets his technique right.”

There are some concerns that Gaither would not be able to play right tackle if he stays at his current weight. The right tackle spot requires more bulk, whereas left tackles can be lighter.

“We’ll find out,” Harbaugh said of Gaither’s ability to play right tackle. “He’s a big, strong guy. I would think so. He’s got long arms. We’ll find out. We’ll put him out there and we’ll see.”

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