Jeff Otah Out for Season With Knee Injury
Otah had surgery on his knee near the end of training camp and there was some expectation he would return. But the process dragged on and on.
In the meantime, the Panthers (1-7) never got moving on offense. They rank near the bottom of the NFL in most offensive categories.
It was just more bad news for the team. Quarterback Matt Moore was knocked out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Running back DeAngelo Williams continues to be hobbled by a sprained foot.
Coach John Fox said matter of factly on Monday, "Next man up." He said the club is not going to make any excuses for the injuries.
The Panthers go to Tampa Bay on Sunday with two rookie quarterbacks leading the way, Jimmy Clausen and Tony Pike. Their third quarterback would likely be another rookie, Armanti Edwards. He was a quarterback in college at Appalachian State and signed as a receiver.
Carolina also lost linebacker Dan Connor in Sunday's 34-3 loss to the Saints. He had a season-ending hip injury.
The Panthers had some roster spots to fill and claimed RB Andre Brown off waivers from Indianapolis, and re-signed running back Josh Vaughan and linebacker Abdul Hodge.