Jeff Otah has played in just 4 games over the last 2 seasons thanks to knee injuries and he has lost his starting job to Byron Bell, who has played at right tackle in his absence. Even though he was once one of the top right tackles in the league and the 19th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Otah has to beat out Bell, who has struggled mightily in the last 2 years at right tackle.
Otah had a setback in the battle for the starting job this week when he tweaked the same left knee that has been giving him problems for the past 2 years. He underwent an MRI on the knee and everything is fine, but this is never what you want to see if you’re Jeff Otah or the Panthers. We’ll see if he’s back at practice next week, working with the 2nd team and competing for his old job.