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Panthers Release Veteran OT Michael Oher

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Panthers have released veteran OT Michael Oher on Thursday with a failed physical designation.

Oher’s status with the team was in question, given that he suffered a season-ending concussion last year and has yet to clear the concussion protocol. Beyond that, the Panthers brought in LT Matt Kalil, so moving on from Oher shouldn’t come as a big surprise.

Oher, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Ravens back in 2009. He spent five years in Baltimore before signing on with the Titans in 2014. After one season in Tennessee, the Panthers signed him to a two-year, $7 million contract and was set to make a base salary of $2.35 million for the 2016 season.

Carolina was impressed enough with Oher to sign him to a three-year extension back in June of last year worth $21.6 million and included $8 million fully guaranteed.

Unfortunately, Oher was placed on injured reserve after suffering a concussion.

In 2016, Oher has only appeared in three games for the Panthers but is rated by ProFootballFocus as the No. 49 overall tackle out of 79 qualifying players.