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Otah’s knee is OK, for now


Panthers tackle Jeff Otah surprised few fans of the franchise last week when he needed an MRI on his knee.

The surprise came Monday, when coach Ron Rivera said Otah’s knee is OK, according to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.

The MRI came after Otah developed swelling in the knee.  He has had two surgeries on that specific joint.

Otah also has missed 31 of the past 35 regular-season games.  Given that it’s a contract year for Otah, he’ll need the knee to stay OK for the next seven months, if he wants to get paid next March.

He’ll also need the knee to be better than OK, because he’ll need to beat out Byron Bell, who started 12 games in place of Otah last year.

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6 Responses to “Otah’s knee is OK, for now”
  1. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jun 5, 2012 8:44 AM

    this guy is like ricky bobby thinking he’s paralyzed in taladega nights. jumping out of a wheel-chair to block basketball shots…good grief!

  2. pnthrz1 says: Jun 5, 2012 9:13 AM

    I wish him the best but I’ll believe he’s healthy when I see him playing Tampa, in week one.

  3. hamcamnewton says: Jun 5, 2012 9:15 AM

    man the wind blows n this guys knee buckles..

    .. great talent, very dominant but can never stay on the field.. its a shame

  4. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 5, 2012 9:37 AM

    Beat out Byron Bell? Is that a joke? He sucks and was our 4th string right tackle last year. Otah, Schwartz (who left for the Vikings), and Gary Williams were suppose to start before him. But they all ended up on IR.

  5. southcakpanther says: Jun 5, 2012 9:46 AM

    Same old story Otah. This is a case of not manning up in my opinion. Bell played great for an UDFA but Otah is a beast when healthy. Which unfortunately is never.

  6. jgedgar70 says: Jun 6, 2012 9:23 AM

    Person also reported on WFNZ that Otah has not been displaying maximum effort in offseason workouts and OTAs, and is still way out of shape.

    Otah is done. Garry Williams and Byron Bell are barely any better. I’m hoping Lee Ziemba wins the RT job in training camp (WAR EAGLE!).

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