Ravens to Place T Jared Gaither on IR

The Baltimore Ravens intend to place offensive tackle Jared Gaither on season-ending injured reserve, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

When that transaction occurs was not disclosed, but when it does, the open roster will be used to activate safety Ed Reed off the physically unable to perform list.

Originally expected to miss four-to-six weeks, Gaither (6-9, 310) has missed the entire season thus far with a slight tear in his thoracic disk. Gaither visited spinal specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles earlier this month, but is reportedly no closer to returning to action.

Since being chosen in the 2007 NFL Supplemental Draft out of the University of Maryland, Gaither has started 28 games, primarily at left tackle. Gaither was expected to play right tackle this season, but a variety of ailments have kept him on the shelf.

Gaither dropped 30 pounds in the off-season to alleviate foot and toe injuries that slowed him last season. When training camp opened, Gaither missed several days of practice with a mysterious ailment before injuring his back.

Ineligible for unrestricted free agency, Gaither is making $2.396 million in base salary under a "First Round" restricted free agent tender.

Reed, 32, returned to practice this week after undergoing off-season hip surgery. The six-time Pro Bowler has totaled 458 tackles, 5 quarterback sacks, and 46 interceptions, off which he's amassed 1,255 return yards (27.2 avg) and scored six touchdowns.

Reed has scored 12 total touchdowns during his career, which began as a first-round pick out of the University of Miami in 2002.

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