According to the Associated Press on washingtonpost.com, the San Diego Chargers put left tackle Jared Gaither on the injured reserve list today which will end his season.
This is the second year in a row that San Diego has done this with a player who was supposed to be their starting left tackle for the season.
Marcus McNeill got a six year deal worth $48.9 million during the 2010 NFL season and was placed on injured reserve last season after nine starts. San Diego eventually released McNeill on March 13, 2012.
In Gaither’s five games with the Lightning Bolts, they allowed two sacks compared to allowing 28 in 11 games without him.
Gaither was re-signed by San Diego in the off-season to a four year deal worth $24.6 million with $13.5 million being guaranteed.
Gaither battled back spasms during the preseason, participated in one practice, played in four games this season and was placed on injured reserve because of a groin injury that he suffered in a loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Gaither helped a bad offensive line improve last season because they were on pace to allow 41 sacks which would have been tied for 21st in terms of fewest sacks allowed, but San Diego ranked eighth in this category.
San Diego is on pace to allow 42 sacks this season which would be tied for ninth in sacks allowed.
San Diego could release Gaither like they did with McNeill earlier this year. It is definitely a possibility because McNeill was owed more money than Gaither when San Diego released him.
While McNeill’s neck injury was so severe that it forced him to retire, Gaither has a history of injuries as well, so releasing him should be considered.
Gaither missed five games in 2009, missed the entire 2010 season with an injury and will miss 12 games this season because of multiple injuries.