- The Washington Times - Monday, October 5, 2009

X-rays on Baltimore Ravens 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 former Maryland lineman 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.

COLTS: Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes in the first half of Indianapolis’ win over Seattle, tying Fran Tarkenton for third on the NFL’s career list with 342.

The three-time MVP tied Tarkenton’s mark with an audible and a nifty throw to rookie Austin Collie for a 21-yard score with three seconds left in the first half.

Manning also threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne late in the second quarter. It was Wayne’s 55th career touchdown catch from Manning, who joined Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks in league history to throw 55 touchdowns to two different receivers.

Brett Favre, with 469 touchdowns, and Marino, with 420, are the only players ahead of Manning and Tarkenton.

LIONS: Rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson left during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 48-24 loss to the Chicago Bears because of leg injuries.

The Lions had a third down at the Chicago 6 when Stafford twisted his right knee as he was sacked for an 11-yard loss by Adewale Ogunleye.

Daunte Culpepper replaced Stafford on the Lions’ next possession, and Stafford got the knee wrapped on the sideline. He will undergo more tests in Detroit.

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