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June 01, 2012

Otah having knee issues again

The knee injury that has kept Panthers right tackle Jeff Otah out for most of the past two-plus seasons has flared up again.

Otah underwent an MRI on his left knee on Thursday after tweaking it at some point during the first two weeks of OTA practices. Otah was not at Friday's practice.

“Jeff tweaked his knee a little bit. It swelled up a little bit, so we're just checking on that,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “We sent him for an MRI (Thursday) so we're going to have that read. We'll see.”

Otah, a first-round pick in 2008, has missed 31 of the past 35 games due to injury. He played in four games last fall before placed on injured reserve with knee and back ailments.

The Panthers thought shutting Otah down last fall would improve his long-term health.

Rivera was asked whether he was concerned about the latest setback.

“Not really,” Rivera said. “But we just wanted to make sure everything's OK.”

Rivera also was asked whether the 6-6, 330-pound Otah looked heavy during OTAs.

“I think Jeff looked like Jeff. Big,” Rivera said.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on June 1, 2012 at 02:54 PM | Permalink


SNIP SNIP SNIP.. I hear scissors

Posted by: English Professor CMS | Jun 1, 2012 3:10:12 PM

Time to part ways. Otah is dead wood. No heart. Doesn't really want to play. Cut him already. Dan Morgan 2.0!!!!!

Posted by: Don | Jun 1, 2012 3:14:20 PM

The person who wrote the comment above is a complete moron...Just sayin'

Posted by: Bruce | Jun 1, 2012 3:24:47 PM

I thought he looked great out there

Posted by: Stay Puft Marshmallow Man | Jun 1, 2012 3:26:30 PM

Wow anti-panther you sure seem to have some anger issues. This is a contract year for Otah. If he wimps out again, he won't be in the league next year. Bet he would both feel and play better if he were 20 pounds lighter. Stay away from the buffet table for a couple of weeks.

Posted by: Dave | Jun 1, 2012 3:27:15 PM

Maybe we should send Otah to the "worthless" Ain'ts...Lol

Posted by: Bruce | Jun 1, 2012 3:32:48 PM

jeff is on the sean may diet plan

Posted by: zach | Jun 1, 2012 3:42:34 PM

Don- Dan Morgan "wanted" to play. He just played so hard that his head took a beating.In NO way should Otah be compared to the man who had 25 tackles in the Super Bowl and played lights out everytime he was on the field. Otah is obviuosly out of shape (has been) and his knee cannot support the weight. If he can't "pull his own weight", he will be cut. Way too soon for it to happen now.

Posted by: Get Serious | Jun 1, 2012 3:44:40 PM

nice sean may reference, sadly otah lasted longer than that fat chump

Posted by: slim shady | Jun 1, 2012 3:46:45 PM

maybe jeff and duke robinson can start their own lazy security guard company.... or open a restaurant

Posted by: zach | Jun 1, 2012 3:49:16 PM

Yet another horrible Hurney draft pick. Next. Let's talk about how Armanti Edwards is still struggling to adapt to the WR position. Oh wait that's old news too.

This team is being badly held back by not only Hurney mistakes, but his unwillingness to admit them and keeping this dead weight around entirely too long.

Posted by: Frank | Jun 1, 2012 4:03:51 PM

He's been a huge disappointment, as was Evertt Brown. Those were two COSTLY 1st round moves. That is on the GM. Please no more trading next years first rounders.

Posted by: usc88 | Jun 1, 2012 4:07:56 PM

No risk in keeping him through the beginning of camp. But he'd better take some hard hits in camp and come back up swinging, or else he really needs to be absent from the 53.

Posted by: Bull City Dog | Jun 1, 2012 4:43:58 PM

I was going to say this is becoming greg oden'esque but the sean may reference was right on point.

Both were great when they were healthy but in the end, they just can't get healthy. I mean otah had A LOT to do with that 2008 season. Guy could have been better than Gross. and then he basically missed the past 2 years entirely.

and cmpd says he sells drugs.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 1, 2012 4:48:24 PM

Time to cut this fool!!!!

Posted by: DL | Jun 1, 2012 5:20:02 PM

We should put Otah at guard so he won't have to move left and right so much.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Jun 1, 2012 7:16:41 PM

You hate to see a guy hurting like Davis(TD) when he plays his azz off!!, but when someone like Otah doesn't seem to have the same passion. Fair enough! Move on, better now than later!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Jun 1, 2012 11:54:25 PM

I agree that Otah probably needs to be cut but I don't understand the personal attacks. The guy's knees just aren't cut out for football. That doesn't make him a wimp or a bad guy. Some people just don't have the durability to be NFL players.

Posted by: Reed | Jun 2, 2012 12:21:59 AM

Drafting that offensive lineman in Rd 2 this year is looking much wiser right about now. Otah has about as much chance as Thomas Davis of making it through a season.

Posted by: Will | Jun 2, 2012 8:49:07 AM

cut him he is worthless

Posted by: tony p | Jun 2, 2012 10:44:40 AM

NO one ever played as hard for the Panthers as Dan Morgan did. He set a record for tackles in the Super Bowl, and never missed a game in college. "Don", you sir are a moron

Posted by: tom | Jun 2, 2012 12:04:04 PM

At least Sean May plays in Italy. Is there any inter-league trading? They could trade him for a CFL player.

Posted by: Hoser | Jun 2, 2012 4:56:46 PM

Dan morgan had the heart of a lion, he is one of the greatest panthrs of all tmes, he just leaded a lot with his helmet, a taught tenique, back in the day. Why do you think there all sueing now. But you haven't heard morgan asking for nothing. Otah, and morgan or on opposite spectrums. Very bad comparison, my friend. In for the saints fan, I wouldn't even wish that scenerio on breezy.

Posted by: Jblue | Jun 2, 2012 8:20:23 PM

Get well soon Jeff, Y hope you will be with us during our SB run this season.

Posted by: dust | Jun 3, 2012 1:22:13 AM

The O-line has been fine without Otah, and good thing because it seems his career is essentially over. Good player, bad knee. Thanks for the memories, Mr. Otah.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Jun 3, 2012 7:07:04 PM

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