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September 14, 2011

Otah dealing with concussion suffered Sunday

After missing all of last season with a knee injury, Panthers right tackle Jeff Otah returned to the field last Sunday in Arizona only to suffer a concussion that sidelined him from practice Wednesday.

Head coach Ron Rivera said Otah is going through the NFL-mandated concussion protocol and it's unclear when he will be able to return. If Otah isn't able to play against Green Bay Sunday, Rivera said rookie Byron Bell would start with Lee Ziemba, another rookie, as his backup.

The injury happened on a third-quarter interception when Otah was hit in the open field. Otah played the remainder of the game and Rivera said team officials weren't aware of the condition until Monday.

"He played right through it. We went back and watched the tape and it's there clear as day. Somebody caught him on the side of the face," Rivera said.

Otah wasn't feeling well when he reported Monday and team trainer Ryan Vermillion determined he had suffered a concussion.

Rivera said Otah's status will be evaluated daily and it may be Friday before his status for Sunday's game will be known.

-- Ron Green Jr.

Posted by Observer Sports on September 14, 2011 at 04:10 PM | Permalink


Is anyone surprised?

Posted by: 2011 Panthers<1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Sep 14, 2011 4:19:56 PM

I swear to God its always something with this kid.

Posted by: Lebron James Jr. | Sep 14, 2011 4:27:07 PM

Yep, was surprised he actually played in a game.

Posted by: Allen | Sep 14, 2011 4:28:21 PM


Posted by: Cats McGoo | Sep 14, 2011 5:02:36 PM

Hate to say it but......This has got to be the biggest PUSS to ever play for the Panthers that I can recall.

Posted by: panther77 | Sep 14, 2011 5:04:47 PM

He is a marshmallow who has been stealing his salary for 2 years now.

Posted by: Ghoul | Sep 14, 2011 5:05:27 PM

Y'all are some heartless buggers. A puss? A concussion doesn't make you a weakling.

Posted by: Ed | Sep 14, 2011 5:14:57 PM

Gee wiz! I know it's not his fault but dang. Hopefully he recovers soon.

Posted by: Lpdog | Sep 14, 2011 5:16:40 PM

A guy after leaving the NFL once said "those guys are extra-ordinarily tough.". That's the difference between a 4yr player and a 10yr player.

Posted by: Ripp | Sep 14, 2011 5:21:40 PM

I think when he got home Sunday night he was reaching for the cookie jar full of double stuffed oreo's and it fell and hit him in the head. Probably out for at least 4 games.

Posted by: tattoorhino | Sep 14, 2011 5:22:42 PM

season ending injury you watch

Posted by: BullCityDog | Sep 14, 2011 5:29:03 PM

Hello...I new he was going to be physical issue..I think, he had this problem in college..
I thought he was a reach when we gave up all that for him, in the draft.

Posted by: Harold | Sep 14, 2011 5:34:51 PM

Some guys are just injury prone. And when you get that label, you just can't shake it off.

Posted by: Smitty | Sep 14, 2011 5:34:54 PM

Puss to harsh for you guy's? I'll put it like this....Jeff Otah is softest guy we have on the team. Hand's down. Concussion or no concussion!

Posted by: panther77 | Sep 14, 2011 5:36:58 PM

This guy is a money vacuum, cut him already. He has proven that he cannot stay healthy.

Posted by: Scott | Sep 14, 2011 5:39:58 PM

We are a better team with him than without him with our current players. Hold onto him now because there isnt anything better out there right now. Maybe he will tighten up through the season. I can see some guys getting "soft" being out for that long. Question is...is it in his body or is it in his head?

Posted by: MBPantfan | Sep 14, 2011 5:49:39 PM

On Saturday I said Beason and Otah would both miss all 16 games this year, unless they started the first game, in which case they would miss the remaining 15. A lot of writers at different blog sites said I was wrong, stupid, crazy. What do you think now??

Posted by: Ron R | Sep 14, 2011 6:14:07 PM

What ....Otah not play. Imagine that. We should waste a couple more draft picks on someone just like him

Posted by: Chuck | Sep 14, 2011 7:11:48 PM

Not even worth commenting on!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Sep 14, 2011 7:20:46 PM

I know that blogs are for venting... But Jezz it sure is funny hearing such ridicule from basement dwelling geeks who get winded making the journey to their own frig.

Posted by: Charlie | Sep 14, 2011 7:21:49 PM

This is the problem with not being able to play , you are never ready to play! Give him a chance to feel better and maybe he can get this turned around.

Posted by: spanky | Sep 14, 2011 7:29:57 PM

What everybody calling him names have in common, other than thinking they're real fans, is that they never played the game. It takes a real tough guy to bang out insults on a keyboard.

Posted by: qdog112 | Sep 14, 2011 7:37:06 PM

When in there he makes a difference. For those who think concussions are nothing, look at Mohammed Ali.

Posted by: Bill | Sep 14, 2011 7:47:27 PM

Hey Panther77, remember Eric Shelton (2005) running back?

Posted by: Terry | Sep 14, 2011 8:29:28 PM

Can you say the black Dan Morgan?

Posted by: Rob | Sep 14, 2011 8:37:37 PM

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