While offensive tackle Adam Terry has returned to practice after spraining his surgically repaired left ankle, offensive tackle Jared Gaither's progress has been slower.
Gaither, who has not practiced since injuring his right ankle on July 26, said he was unsure when he would be able to suit up for the Ravens. "Whenever I'm healthy, that's when I'm going to show back up," he said. "I don't know if it's going to be for these last two preseason games or for [Sept.] 7th [the date of the regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals]. But I do know that when I'm truly healthy, I will be back on the field."
The Ravens have compensated for Gaither's absence by primarily using Chad Slaughter at left tackle with Mike Kracalik also getting a few reps on the left side. The youthful but inexperienced offensive line could use a boost from Gaither's return, but the tackle said he is not pressing the issue.
"I've been pushing myself the whole time," he said. "There's added pressure anyway with a new playbook, a new system, just a whole new philosophy. So I don't want to put any pressure on myself or my ankle."
Gaither admitted that it has been frustrating watching from the sidelines and not being able to contribute. But he said he's taking it in stride.
"Everything happens for a reason," he said. "God is going to take care of me, and I'm just in His hands right now. When I'm ready, I'll know, and everyone else will know."