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Panthers OT Otah will have an MRI on left knee

Associated Press Published: June 1, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says veteran offensive tackle Jeff Otah underwent an MRI on his left knee after tweaking it during Thursday's non-contact practice.

The team is still awaiting the test results.

Rivera says Otah's knee swelled up after practice Thursday and sent to Carolinas Medical Center to have an MRI because "we just want to make sure" nothing is wrong.

A former first-round draft pick in 2008, Otah has missed 31 of the last 35 games with left knee problems. He started four games last season before eventually winding up on injured reserve for the third straight year.

Otah is listed at 330 pounds in the media guide.

When asked if Otah looked heavier this year, Rivera responded "I think Jeff looked like Jeff" and "he's a big guy."