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Ravens "keeping fingers crossed" with Gaither

Ravens coach John Harbaugh still believes there is "a chance" that injured offensive tackle Jared Gaither will play this season.

He spoke with Gaither on Friday about his back injury. Gaither told Harbaugh that he gets sharp, shooting pain in the middle of his back when he does certain moves.

Harbaugh acknowledged that the team could soon have to make a determination on whether to place Gaither on injured reserve.

"We’re just keeping our fingers crosed right now," Harbaugh said Monday. "There is a chance he could get back some time in the next few weeks. If it’s longer than that, we’ll have to make a decision."

Harbaugh spoke to Gaither to get clarification on the injury.

“Backs are tough," Harbaugh said. "There’s not an agreement among the doctors about what exactly it is and it’s very vague with what they’re telling us, which is probably true with backs. I’m confident he is working hard to get back and I’m confident that the doctors are trying to determine what the best way to get him back is."

With Gaither out, the Ravens have moved Marshal Yanda from right guard to tackle and started Chris Chester at right guard.

"He can make our team better and we’re trying to get him back into the mix," Harbaugh said of Gaither. "I’ve said it before but it’s even more evident to me that no one is more determined to come back and more frustrated with what’s going on than Jared."

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