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Panthers release T Jeff Otah; he doesn't know when he'll be ready

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer
Otah simply hasn't overcome his injuries. (US Presswire)

The last week has been a crazy, and solely unsatisfying week for tackle Jeff Otah. First, he was traded to the Jets for a seventh-round conditional draft pick, and then, he failed his physical and it was revealed that if he didn't pass within a week of the trade, the swap would be voided.

In the middle of all this, Otah didn't seem to know what the hell was going on, and a few days after that, the trade was reversed and Otah was sent home to Carolina.

And now, sigh, we have this.

The move isn't a surprise, of course. The Panthers seemingly were doing whatever they could to rid themselves of the former first-round pick that's only played four games in the past two years because of injuries. Clearly, he can't pass an NFL physical right now (he failed again with the Panthers after he was returned) and though Carolina tried to get anything it could for him, even a swap for a seventh-round conditional pick isn't going to happen at this point.

"Anytime you let go of a player as talented as Jeff is, it's a tough decision,” general manager Marty Hurney told reporters, including the AP. “After he came back and talking to him, he just doesn't feel like he's got over the injuries of the past two seasons and doesn't know when he'll be ready."

So, the Panthers will move on, and Otah's career, to put it nicely, is in major jeopardy at this point. But hey, some good news for Otah.

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