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What will the San Diego Chargers do about Jared Gaither?

Jared Gaither San Diego Chargers

Jake Roth-US Presswire

The San Diego Chargers signed former Baltimore Ravens and former Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Jared Gaither to a four year deal worth $24.6 million on March 14, 2012.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers was sacked 28 times in 11 games prior to the acquisition of Gaither on November 30, 2011.

Rivers was sacked just two times in five games after Gaither was claimed off waivers from Kansas City.

Gaither had back spasms during the off-season, participated in one practice, missed all of San Diego’s preseason games and will not play today against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

San Diego rookie Michael Harris is expected to start in place of Gaither today.  This will be San Diego’s ninth regular season game and the fifth that Gaither will not play in.

San Diego signed former left tackle Marcus McNeill to a six year deal worth $48.9 million during the 2010 NFL season.  McNeill did not play in seven games last season and was released on March 13, 2012.

One has to wonder what San Diego will do if Gaither continues to miss games.  If Gaither does not finish the season healthy, it is not out of the question that San Diego will release him.

There are 11 teams with more sacks allowed than San Diego’s offensive line who has given up 20 so far this season.

Gaither was supposed to provide stability at the left tackle spot following the disappointment with McNeill, but this has not been the case for more than half of the 2012 season.

It looks like history is repeating itself for the Lightning Bolts.  So the question needs to be asked, what will San Diego do with Gaither if he continues to miss games?