Chiefs, Jared Gaither Part Ways

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 26: Ricky Stanzi #13 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks to avoid being sacked by Robert Quinn #94 of the St. Louis Rams as Jared Gaither #71 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on during a preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Rams beat the Chiefs 14-10. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs have waived OT Jared Gaither, according to a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Gaither, who was with the Baltimore Ravens last year, signed with the Chiefs in August. I'm not sure why the Chiefs would decide to cut him in late November but the timing is interesting, to say the least.

As PFT points out, on Sunday night OT Brandon Albert went down with a minor injury and he was briefly replaced by Gaither, who upon entering the game promptly committed a false start penalty before a play could be run. (This was the Tyler Palko to Dwayne Bowe non-catch play.) I've got no idea if that contributed to his release but Gaither hasn't done much of anything else on the field.

Before he signed with KC, he was nearly signed by the Oakland Raiders, who said he wasn't healthy. Gaither and his camp, meanwhile, have maintained he's healthy.

Gaither was originally a 2007 fifth round pick in the supplemental draft. It looked like he was headed towards becoming a long-time starter in Baltimore but back problems derailed his season. He played sparingly for KC in the few months he was here.

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