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News on Gaither Positive; Ayanbadejo Could Be Out for Season

From Baltimore Sun:

The prognosis appears promising for Jared Gaither. The starting left offensive tackle returned to Baltimore with his Ravens teammates after suffering what appeared to be a head or neck injury in the second quarter of the team’s 27-21 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

X-rays at Massachusetts General Hospital on Gaither’s neck and shoulder were negative. He collided headfirst with quarterback Joe Flacco’sback while trying to block on a passing attempt. A magnetic resonance imagining is expected today on the 6-foot-9, 340-pound Gaither, who was too big to fit into the MRI machine at the Boston hospital.

The injury to Gaither, who lay on the turf about 15 minutes before being taken away on a stretcher, affected his teammates.

There is still no word as of yet on his long term status and how long Gaither should be out. However it is encouraging that he didn’t suffer a worse injury but as you can imagine the medical staff will always be cautious with any head injury.

When Gaither went out, Michael Oher moved over from Right Tackle to take the left side and Marshall Yanda stepped in on the right. We should expect at this week for that lineup to stand.

Things do not look as promising for Brendan Ayanbadejo who was on crutches after the game. He could miss a significant amount of time and perhaps the rest of the season. He has been diagnosed with a torn left quadriceps tendon.

This would be yet another hit to the linebacking corps as Tavares Gooden was inactive due to the effects of a concussion. Ayanbadejo has not just played well on special teams but as been a pleasant surprise in special situations on defense.

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