Otah ends up on injured reserve, again

AP

As the Panthers try to dig out of a 1-5 hole, even though they’re competitive each week, they’ll have to do it without right tackle Jeff Otah.

A first-round pick in 2008, Otah has been placed on injured reserve for the third time in four years.

Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com reports that the team made the decision based on knee and back issues.  Per Reed, Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney said that Otah is not expected to need surgery.

“Knee injuries, every time they’re operated on, they’re significant,” Hurney said. “It’s just getting that knee to the strength it needs to be and to not cause other problems and to get it strong as it can.”

Undrafted rookie Byron Bell is expected to start on Sunday against the Redskins in place of Otah.