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September 09, 2010

Otah suffered a "mini-setback"

   Panthers RT Jeff Otah declared a "mini-setback," in his recovery from knee surgery, admitting he didn't expect to play for a few weeks.

   After being held out of practice again, Otah said he thought he'd be back on the practice field in "two or three weeks." While it's not worst-case scenario for the Panthers, it's hardly what they were hoping for when he went in for an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee on Aug. 4.

   Then, they were hoping he'd be back by the opener, but now it could push into October. Otah suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee last December, and said the current problem was an outgrowth of that situation.

   He was rehabbing in hopes of playing this weekend when he said his "mini-setback" happened while running. "I might have pushed myself a little too hard," Otah said.

   In his place, the Panthers will start RT Geoff Schwartz, who has taken every snap there with the starters since training camp opened.

 
— Darin Gantt

 

Posted by Observer Sports on September 9, 2010 at 02:11 PM | Permalink

Comments

Crap. Are there any good tackles available on the waiver wire?

Posted by: djfoams | Sep 9, 2010 2:44:16 PM

whats new? getting used to him being injured and on the sideline. keep hoping that he could finish out a entire season without missing any games. now he's just gonna get his missed games out of the way right from the start.

Posted by: pland67 | Sep 9, 2010 3:08:38 PM

whats new? getting used to him being injured and on the sideline. keep hoping that he could finish out a entire season without missing any games. now he's just gonna get his missed games out of the way right from the start.

Posted by: pland67 | Sep 9, 2010 3:08:39 PM

Schwartz will fill in fine, he filled in the last several games last year and we had no trouble

Posted by: Rick Boggs | Sep 9, 2010 3:25:20 PM

I'm still steamed that the torn meniscus happened in December of last year but surgery was delayed until August. That's the rub here ...

Posted by: SCPOAB | Sep 9, 2010 3:48:39 PM

Hindsight is perfect, but I know I cringed when they let Vincent get away. Vincent at guard and Schwartz at tackle shoved a lot of defensive beef around and opened a lot of holes for runners last year.

Posted by: charlesbright | Sep 9, 2010 4:02:34 PM

Definitely am having a tough time figuring out if he was worth the pick we took him with now. As stated, he is always hurting for some reason. Wonder if his weight is the main issue?

Posted by: Ethan | Sep 9, 2010 4:04:05 PM

Schwartz filled in quite well for him at the end of last year, lets not give up on him right out of the box. Meniscal tears heal pretty quickly in the greater scheme of ortho surgery so there may have been more to the injury than they are letting on.

Posted by: manu4t | Sep 9, 2010 4:23:28 PM

I agree that the question that needs to be asked by an intrepid sportswriter is why if an injury like a torn meniscus which requires surgery happened back in December, it wasn't repaired until August? Why did they wait until so close to the start of the season?

Posted by: Freddy | Sep 9, 2010 4:51:33 PM

Has anyone thought about looking at the poor recovery rate of the team surgeon???

Posted by: Tina | Sep 9, 2010 5:31:00 PM

He did have surgery in December. The surgery in August was arthroscopic meant to clean up where the first surgery was done. He had this done due to continued pain as he was prepping to return to practice. Just a little FYI.

Posted by: Jeff | Sep 9, 2010 5:44:39 PM

Where's my check? huh?

Posted by: robray | Sep 9, 2010 6:36:04 PM

Why can't the Panthers find a great team surgeon? First Patrick Jeffers, now Otah.

Posted by: Ghoul | Sep 9, 2010 6:50:56 PM

I totaly agree with U. I posted something yesterday, when is someone look into the results of Panthers who have had knee surgery. Remember Patrick sued the Panthers...maybe it needs to loked into it a little closer

Posted by: Chip | Sep 9, 2010 7:23:10 PM

Otah reminds me alot of Dan Morgan.

Posted by: Darin is an idiot | Sep 9, 2010 9:41:14 PM

my lord you message board experts could make a silver lining turn cloudy.

Posted by: threatt | Sep 10, 2010 1:49:19 AM

Schwartz has done a good job whenever he has played. As long as no one else gets injured the Panthers will be in good shape.

Posted by: Smiley | Sep 10, 2010 9:26:50 AM

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