Still recovering from a concussion, Michael Oher may soon get cut

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Panthers left tackle Michael Oher still hasn’t been cleared to return from the concussion he suffered in September, and he may never return to play for the Panthers again.

According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers appear ready to move on from Oher.

Oher did show up to the team’s mandatory minicamp despite some talk that he might not, and he reportedly still wants to play in 2017. But the Panthers may decide to save $4.5 million in cap space by cutting Oher. The Panthers have not said one way or the other whether he’ll be on the team this year.

At a time when concussions are one of the major issues facing the league, and with the Panthers saying Oher’s health is their top priority, it’s not a good look for a player to get cut while still recovering from a concussion. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

22 responses to “Still recovering from a concussion, Michael Oher may soon get cut

  1. We just need Sandra Bullock to go out there with her southern sass and show the football coaches who have been doing this their whole lives how to properly play football. Just kidding, that scene was ridiculous.

  2. steelbreeze676 says:
    Jun 19, 2017 12:13 PM
    We just need Sandra Bullock to go out there with her southern sass and show the football coaches who have been doing this their whole lives how to properly play football. Just kidding, that scene was ridiculous.

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    There’s no “s” at the beginning of “ass”.

    She was awesome in that movie, though.

  3. tjtalk says:
    Jun 19, 2017 12:43 PM
    I wish someone could explain how a concussion can take so long to recover from.
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    Science

  4. After seeing the Instagram pic of all the meds he’s taking for his brain, I hope he just retires. He’s a good guy who has the rest of his life in front of him.

  5. “I wish someone could explain how a concussion can take so long to recover from.”

    The more concussions you get the harder it is to recover full functionality. Who knows how many he’s had in his career? Its really only the last couple years the league has cracked down a little on this aspect of injuries.

    You do realize that a concussion is effectively the result of slamming your brain against your skull don’t you? There is the possibility of permanent damage even if you never had one before, much less a football player whose been banging his head up for a dozen years or so.

  6. The last post is a valid question, I was a professional bicycle racer and experienced three fairly severe concussions. A “mild” concussion is generally considered when the person doesn’t fully loses consciousness (or a concussion the next guy gets) and the type football players typically experience. Mine, I was unconscious for as little as a few minutes to a half an hour where I was life-flighted to the hospital. Regardless, my only repercussions (to date) was a substantial loss of short term memory for 4 to 6 months, whereas some people with mild concussions suffer through severe migraines and can only be in complete darkness. The gist is that the human body reacts to a variety of aspects of life differently (injuries, food, alcohol, medications etc.) and the symptoms and treatments of a given malady isn’t one size fits all.

  7. @tjtalk The brain does not heal like skin, muscle or bone. Your nerves don’t heal. So when your brain is damaged, it has to find an alternate route to do what is needed.

    If a bridge near you goes out, you have another route to go. It may be a little slower. That’s concussion 1.

    That bridge goes out too. You still have another route to go. It is longer and it takes time to learn. That is concussion 2.

    That bridge goes out. Now you are struggling to find a route. That is concussion 3.

    Just like some people have a lot of routes to get home, some people can handle a lot of concussions. Others of us not so much.

    Talk to doctors about a stroke. That is brain damage as well, just a different source. You never fully recover.

  8. I would love to see this guy on the opposite side of the line from Tunsil. Even if we don’t get you use him til week 8. The second half of our season is much harder than the first. Mike come to South Florida hang out on the beach and we will tell you when we need you.

  9. After my second concussion I haven’t had any long term effects. After my second concussion I haven’t had any long term effects.

  10. Aye, they can’t just cut him whilst he’s still recovering from any injury caused in his duties as a player. NFL rules require that he gets all the pay due until declared recovered.

    Alternatively they could waive him and then make an injury settlement if no one claims him, or they want to keep him they could instead put him on the preseason PUP list (but maybe not if he managed to do any practices).

  11. This is why players should always hold out for as much money as possible and show no loyalty but to themselves and their families.

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