X-rays negative, Gaither leaves hospital

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- X-rays on Baltimore left tackle Jared Gaither were negative after he was taken off the field on a stretcher Sunday.

Gaither was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for tests on his neck and shoulder after a collision in the backfield midway through the second quarter of the Ravens' 27-21 loss to the New England Patriots.

"We knew it wasn't serious" even before the tests, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "We'll see how long he'll be out."

Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne announced the results of the X-rays and said Gaither was heading back to Gillette Stadium to try to return home with the team.

The 6-foot-9, 340-pound Gaither was dropping back as he blocked defensive end Jarvis Green. Meanwhile, defensive end Ty Warren rushed quarterback Joe Flacco from the other side, and shoved Flacco into Gaither's back after Flacco released a short incomplete pass.

Flacco and Gaither both went down, but Flacco quickly got up.

The 23-year-old Gaither remained on his back for about 10 minutes surrounded by medical personnel. He was strapped to a board, which was lifted onto a cart that took him off the field.

The Ravens drafted Gaither in the fifth round in 2007 while he had two years of eligibility remaining at Maryland. He played six games as a rookie, starting two of them.

He played in all 16 regular-season games last year and started 15, then started the Ravens three postseason games. He started all four games this year.