It sounds like the ongoing saga of Jeff Otah’s injury woes has continued as Ron Green Jr. Carolina Panthers beat writer for the Charlotte Observer reports that the Panthers have placed their forth year offensive tackle on the injured reserve list.
The Panthers big starting right tackle has been trying to play through knee problems that stem from his two knee surgeries last year but it seems like Otah can’t go on trying to tough it out.
@RonGreenJr Panthers place offensive tackle Jeff Otah on injured reserve.
Otah has struggled to stay on the field this year due to various injuries including his knee, which general manager Marty Hurney sites as the main reason the team placed their starting right tackle on the injured reserve list.
@RonGreenJr Left knee continues to be an issue for Otah. Marty Hurney: “He never got over the hump.”
He has only played in four games this season, and most of those he has rotated with undrafted rookie tackle Byron Bell. Bell should take over Otah’s spot for the remainder of the season.
Last season, Otah missed the entire year due to two knee surgeries. In the past four season’s Otah has struggled to stay on the field as he has only played in 29 games. When he is on the field he is a dominate player that really helps in the run game but he has really struggled to stay on the field.
Thinking about Otah really reminds me of former Carolina Panther and New York Jet Kris Jenkins. Jenkins was a dominate defensive tackle when he was healthy but he couldn’t stay healthy. He was a big, big boy and sometimes his body just couldn’t stand up to the demands of football. Hopefully Otah isn’t like that.
The Panthers did sign offensive lineman Reggie Wells to take Otah’s now vacant roster spot.