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Jared Gaither may be legitimately hurt – and the Ravens are running tests to see the extent of his pain – but the offensive lineman had better not challenge coach John Harbaugh.

Gaither already started off poorly when he failed to report to the first week of the Ravens' offseason conditioning program, which drew the ire of Harbaugh.

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Then, this weekend, Gaither missed two practices at minicamp after being removed as the team's left tackle. Gaither told Harbaugh that he has foot injury, which is a legitimate excuse for being sidelined.

But starters who fail to practice, or practice poorly, won't be starters for long under Harbaugh. If any player thinks he is entitled to a starting job because he is the most talented one at that position, he should talk to former Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister.

Remember Harbaugh benched McAlister in favor of – gasp – Frank Walker. That was the defining coaching decision in Harbaugh's first season as head coach. It backed up his words that no one is above the team.

That sentiment was echoed last weekend by offensive coordinator Cam Cameron when he was asked about Gaither's injury.

"Offensive line play is really the unit, not the individual talent or group of individual talents," Cameron said. "And we're going with the five guys right now that are out there that give us the best continuity, that can grow together, and we can't wait to get [Gaither] back."

So, Oniel Cousins might not be Gaither. But he isn't Frank Walker either.

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