A knee problem has limited Panthers tackle Jeff Otah to four games over the past two seasons. His ability to reverse that trend may be in jeopardy.
According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Otah injured the knee during practice on Thursday, requiring an MRI. Otah was not present for Friday’s OTA session.
“Jeff tweaked his knee a little bit,” coach Ron Rivera said Friday. “It swelled up a little bit, so we’re just checking on that. We sent him for an MRI [Thursday] so we’re going to have that read. We’ll see.”
Rivera said he’s not concerned. “[W]e just wanted to make sure everything’s OK,” Rivera said.
Bryon Bell replaced Otah in 2011, starting 12 games. Bruce Campbell also is available, if Otah can’t stay healthy.
The 19th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Otah is entering the final year of his rookie contract. The magnitude of his next deal will hinge on his ability to show that he can suit up and play on a regular basis.