A couple weeks back I wrote how Jared Gaither was searching for answers for his back issues that have kept him sidelined for virtually the duration of training camp.
Evidently, he’s still searching.
According to Michael Gehlken of the UT-San Diego, Gaither had an MRI preformed — his second since being injured — on Tuesday to help figure out what is exactly wrong with his ailing back. The team hasn’t released any details on either MRI.
In response, the Chargers have finally started to admit that Gaither’s chances of playing in the season opener aren’t good.
“Our plan is to get him ready to play as soon as he can be ready to play,” Norv Turner told the UT-San Diego. “If he doesn’t practice, it’s going to be hard to play in the opener.”
In other words, time is running out for the Chargers with Gaither. If he can’t get significant practice time in before the season starts, the team will be forced to turn to its contingency plans, which aren’t great.
The Chargers could choose to start Michael Harris, the undrafted rookie who’s been getting all the first-team snaps in Gaither’s absence. Or, the team could start one of its veteran tackles in Mario Henderson and Anthony Davis — assuming they survive the final cuts. Or, Tyronne Green could move to play tackle and veteran Rex Hadnot could fill in for him at guard.
The point is that none of these scenarios invoke optimism.
The Chargers are officially in serious trouble here.
And they better start searching for better answers, because, like Gaither, the ones they currently have won’t work.