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The return of Jared Gaither

We'll get to who wasn't at practice today in a later entry, but perhaps the most significant development was the return of offensive tackle Jared Gaither. The heir apparent to Hall of Fame-bound left tackle Jonathan Ogden, Gaither had not practiced since injuring his right ankle on July 26 in training camp.

Gaither joined the offensive linemen on the field today. The offense practiced on the field furthest from the media, but it appeared that Gaither had not usurped Chad Slaughter from the left tackle position with the first offense.

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"Jared's going to practice today, so it'll be interesting to see how he does and how he feels after practice," coach John Harbaugh said prior to practice.

Asked about the timetable for Gaither's appearance in a game, Harbaugh replied, "If there's no setbacks, he should be ready for opening day."


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