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Jeff Otah fails Jets physical, has a week to pass it

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To the surprise of absolutely no one in the world, offensive lineman Jeff Otah didn’t pass his physical with the Jets today.

But if he doesn’t pass it in the next week, he may become a Panther again.

The Jets placed Otah on the active/physically unable to perform list upon his failing his physical, from which they can activate him at any time. He had knee problems throughout his tenure with the Panthers, which is why he’s played four games in the last two seasons.

But a league source told PFT the trade was contingent on Otah passing his physical with the Jets in the next seven days, or else he goes back to Carolina. The Panthers sent him to the Jets for a conditional seventh-round pick, and then turned around and sent the same to the Raiders for wide receiver Louis Murphy.

In case the Panthers have to take him back, they’d likely try to move him on somewhere else if they could before just cutting him. Ron Rivera was not a fan of the amount of time Otah spent in the training room, and considering the number of chances they’ve given hard-luck linebacker Thomas Davis (three torn ACLs), it wasn’t the injuries themselves which they grew impatient with.

But General Manager Marty Hurney was careful to say all the right things about Otah on the way out the door, in case they had to take him back.

The reality is, the Jets took a flier on him because they thought he might be useful. Having Wayne Hunter as your starting right tackle makes you value other right tackles more highly, it seems.

But the clock’s ticking on Otah to prove to the Jets he can challenge Hunter, or the problem the Panthers thought they pawned off will be theirs again.

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15 Responses to “Jeff Otah fails Jets physical, has a week to pass it”
  1. ripsammills2005 says: Jul 25, 2012 8:45 PM

    He will never be heathy enough to pass a physical…Guess I can dig my Otah jersey back out of the trash…

  2. MichaelEdits says: Jul 25, 2012 9:01 PM

    Maybe he needs a g**d*** snack

  3. backindasaddle says: Jul 25, 2012 9:06 PM

    The question of camp: Wayne Down The Dwain???…. OR…. Otah Got No Motah???

  4. nflrocks says: Jul 25, 2012 9:11 PM

    So will the Jets then try to get Murphy…..

  5. panthersftw says: Jul 25, 2012 9:14 PM

    hahahaha everybody please go back and look at my comment from when this trade was announced.

  6. jacksaysfu says: Jul 25, 2012 9:14 PM

    As a Eagles fan I wanted the Eagles to draft Otah so bad . Looking back im happy I was wrong & they traded that 19th pick to Carolina .I hate when players lack passion , especially when there’s millions staring them in the face .

  7. altoon88 says: Jul 25, 2012 9:14 PM

    We must replace Hunter or this season is over before it starts.

  8. dionoil says: Jul 25, 2012 9:15 PM

    He’s like a quieter haynesworth

  9. catquick says: Jul 25, 2012 9:23 PM

    Wayne Hunters head must be spinning. Between his line coach telling him he’s the starter and now this…..

  10. randyinman says: Jul 25, 2012 9:24 PM

    Thought he would come to play in his contract year, maybe he just can’t.

  11. wburg02 says: Jul 25, 2012 9:50 PM

    Only a week? He hasn’t been healthy enough to pass a physical in two years!!

  12. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 25, 2012 10:05 PM

    he will get sent back to the panthers, he wont pass it next week

  13. rockthered1286 says: Jul 25, 2012 11:19 PM

    Some Jets fan posted last week on here saying Otah would come in and end up starting week one. I laughed for five solid minutes. I really need to start recording stupid posts like that…

  14. randallflagg52 says: Jul 25, 2012 11:56 PM

    This guy is so soft it’s not even funny. Remember the days of right tackles like Jon Runyan and Willie Anderson?

  15. chi01town says: Jul 29, 2012 12:41 AM

    I dont belive hes trying to pass the test because he dont want to play for the Jets. Emery in Chicago is looking for Otah

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