Raiders add veteran linebacker Gaither

November 14, 2012, 8:10 pm
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With Travis Goethel (knee) placed on season-ending Injured Reserve Wednesday, the Raiders signed linebacker Omar Gaither, who has played in 77 games with 40 starts over six seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers.Gaither, 28, is wearing No. 53 and was practicing Wednesday with the Raiders. He was a fifth-round draft pick, No. 168 overall, of the Eagles out of Tennessee in 2006 and spent the first five years of his NFL career in Philadelphia, starting 16 games at middle linebacker in 2007.Last year, he appeared in 10 games, four starts, with the Panthers and had a sack.The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Gaither was in training camp this year with the Houston Texans.In his career, Gaither has 393 tackles, 254 solo, with six sacks, 25 passes defensed, two interceptions, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.