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This guy has HOF talent. I'd love to watch him play at least a few more years. Bad nickname to have.
With patience seemingly wearing thin over his return to the field, San Diego Chargers left tackle Jared Gaither spoke with the media Monday, answering some questions, dodging others.
San Diego Chargers LT Jared Gaither was released by the Ravens (2010) and Chiefs (2011) and in the process he earned the nickname ”The Big Lazy.” Desperate, the Chargers gave Gaither a chance to redeem himself. With his career on the line, Gaither allowed only three pressures and zero sacks in the final five games for San Diego last season.
He was then handsomely rewarded with a $24.6 million four-year contract with an $8 million signing bonus, and $13.5 million guaranteed. But trouble may be on the horizon.
The supposed protector of QB Philip Rivers' blind side has not participated in one full practice of camp. Gaither exited the camp's first full practice with what was described as a full body cramp and
then later defined as back spasms.
In a weekend column, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune suggested Gaither has been dragging his feet on his return. Acee doubled down on his comments when interviewed by Darren Smith on XX 1090.
“It's time for Jared Gaither to get back on the field,” Acee said Monday. “I'm not saying that the team is saying he should be back right now, but they're saying he should be back right now."
A few hours later, when members of the media asked Gaither about his timeline to return. Gaither was mostly elusive in answering questions.
Where are you in terms of returning to practice?
Gaither: As soon as I am ready to return to practice I am going to return. There won't be, you know, any in-between days. Whenever I am 100 percent, I am 100 percent on the field.
Would it be incorrect to question your motivation as a player to return? I know you don't like talking about the past and how you were characterized with your relationship with Todd Haley in Kansas City, but this is a different scene.
Gaither: Will, don't be foolish to question any of my motivation. So, I wouldn't pay any of those questions any attention. I wouldn't waste my time with answering them.
Is there a difference of opinion between you and the team on your readiness to return?
Gaither: No. We are on the same page. Like I said, we are going to work to getting me back to 100 percent and on the field.
This thing is so pesky, right?
Gaither: All injuries are pesky. You know what I am saying? No one wants to be injured. The team is going to work, and I am going to work, and I am going to get back on the field.
You have seen three specialists. What have they been telling you?
Gaither: That's for the training staff to answer.
You haven't been in a lot of the walk-throughs. Are you in so much pain that you can't stand out here and observe?
Gaither: Um, yeah, I am not going to answer that question.
You said you wanted to be 100 percent. Where are you now?
Gaither: Not 100 percent.
What is your goal?
Gaither: 100 percent.
What are your chances of playing in the third preseason game?
Gaither: I wouldn't want to give Philip [Rivers] or anybody a half-ass effort. So, I am not going to do that.
Has this been frustrating?
You have been working hard, and then this happened pretty early in training camp.
Gaither: “Injuries, you know, occur any time during the year. This isn't any different. It was an unfortunate injury. Like I said, we are going to work back, and I am going to get back on the field.”
Have you had this injury before?
Is it still spasms or did you pull something?
Gaither: That is for the training staff to answer.
Can you get back to 100 percent with a back injury?
Gaither: We are going to work back to 100 percent, and then we are
going to get back on the field.
Follow Chargers reporter Dan McLellan on Twitter @CBSSportsNFLSD and @sandiegosports.
Wow, sounds lazy as £0©<.
Same old Jared. He has the talent to be one of the best in the game. He's always been lazy though. LOL!!!
take that membershit stuff to the private board buckos
I think he should stop doing interviews.
I think I'm going to try that there "full body cramp" thing the next sunny Friday and see how it flies with my boss. I'll let you know,.
I remember my CCJS105 class with him and Darell Scott. Still to this day, I have no f-ing clue how that man fit in those chairs with the desk attached in the Armory basement classroom.
Has 5 good games and they reward him with $24.6 million ($13.5 guaranteed)? To bad Chargers aren't a public company. Sale that puppy short.
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