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August 01, 2012

Future of Otah hinges on knee


Jeff Otah's balky left knee – which has undergone surgeries and been the subject of much fan frustration over the past two-plus years – will determine the offensive tackle's future with the Panthers.

Otah met with team officials here Wednesday, a day after his trade to the New York Jets was voided because of a failed physical. Otah then traveled to Charlotte to be examined by the Panthers' doctors.

General manager Marty Hurney said Otah is scheduled to finish the physical Thursday morning, after which the Panthers will make a decision on his future.

The Panthers could activate him, cut him, trade him or put him on the physically unable to perform list.

“We sat down with Jeff, had a nice discussion,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “Everything hinges on him going back and getting that physical.”

During the 45-minute meeting, Otah expressed a willingness to continue playing. Otah, 6-6 and 340 pounds, looked to be out of shape at the organized team activities in May when he aggravated his knee.

“He does (want to play). That's one of the questions we asked him,” Rivera said. “But it goes back to what's happening and what unfolds after the physical.”

Otah, 26, has one year left on a contract that will pay him about $1.1 million this year. He has missed 31 of the past 35 games, dating to December 2009.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on August 1, 2012 at 09:58 PM | Permalink


Um, Coach needs to see you Jeff.

Posted by: Chap | Aug 1, 2012 10:11:54 PM

bring your playbook!

Posted by: joe cool | Aug 1, 2012 11:44:29 PM

IMO the guy doesn't have the mentality of the New Panther team. Of course, he is going to say he wants to play. He has a Million and one reasons why to say that. The truth is. He has no drive or will to win. I think his days are over. The Panthers are going through the formality of cutting him. I say by Friday J. Otah is on the waiver wire. Sure someone from his home town will give him a shot.

Posted by: davethepanther | Aug 2, 2012 3:45:10 AM

If his knee is still bad, it sounds like he will need an injury settlement, yes? Which seems crazy because his poor conditioning, which is his own fault, has to be at least partly to blame. He sounds like a guy just trying to collect one last paycheck before hitting IR and, ultimately, retirement, a la Chuck Smith when he signed with Carolina.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Aug 2, 2012 6:21:58 AM

cut him

Posted by: tony | Aug 2, 2012 6:38:24 AM

"Otah expressed a willingness to continue playing"

Willingness? how about a burning desire deep within? that's what a true player has, such as Beason.

Posted by: JimMora | Aug 2, 2012 8:15:45 AM

I really liked Jeff Otah when he was healthy and think he could still be pretty good. I'm just thinking it might be a little tough to come back after not being able to play for 2 years. And I hate to say this (because I don't know if it's true or not) but I think that the health of his knee is attributed to him not putting in enough work to stay healthy - this frightens me...

Posted by: Steven | Aug 2, 2012 8:35:06 AM

Byron Bell frightens me.

Posted by: Steven | Aug 2, 2012 9:27:05 AM

Cut him now he is dead weight!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: CAMIAM1 | Aug 2, 2012 9:31:45 AM

Addition by Subtraction......case closed

Posted by: DT | Aug 2, 2012 10:16:50 AM

If he passes his physical and he REALLY wants to play and continue his NFL career....make him a DT and line him up alongside Edwards!!!! 6'6" 340 & 6'3" 330 DT's looks good to me.

Posted by: Bufford | Aug 2, 2012 11:01:11 AM

BYE Otah!!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Aug 2, 2012 11:06:55 AM

Needs to go

Posted by: TDub | Aug 2, 2012 12:04:07 PM

@Bungford, unfortunately "looking good" does not cut it! Performance not size wins games in this league. Missing 31 of the last 35 games is down right disgusting and fraud for someone getting paid to perform for that kind of money! He has done NOTHING to try and honor his contract to play football and has done EVERYTHING to extend his paychecks. CUT THIS ANCHOR NOW! So tired of hearing "he was a beast and the best when healthy".... well, again, that does NOTHING for the team NOW!

Posted by: WHAT!!!!! | Aug 2, 2012 1:34:16 PM

Let's see...damaged goods 2 weeks ago, attempted trade for a 7th(?) rounder, DID NOT PASS PHYSICAL with NYJ just days ago, and we are giving him a physical? HA! Whatever! Like something changed?!? Imagine the uproar if Panthers doc/s clears him! Not happening...just goin' thru the motions. Inability to control his weight cost him - re-read RR's comments. Cut!! [Sounds like a 45 min goodbye to me.]

Posted by: PSLOwner | Aug 2, 2012 1:58:42 PM

Go Panthers!!! As fans, we need to show more support and faith at games. That means buy tickets, and don't allow opposing fans to dominate our stadium. When our defense is on the field be LOUD, not just on third downs (be loud every damn down), and for the love of god shut up when our offense is on the field. Don't leave the game early if our team is down, because they might make a comeback and could use our help by making noise. You paid for the ticket, might as well enjoy the entire game. As fans, lets do our part to support the team 100%. GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!

Posted by: PanthersFan | Aug 2, 2012 6:01:13 PM

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