Panthers first-round pick Otah still sidelined

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 30, 2008

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The man who is perhaps the Carolina Panthers’ biggest draft gamble remains sidelined at the team’s offseason workouts.

Offensive tackle Jeff Otah is still recovering from a lingering high ankle sprain he suffered almost a year ago. Otah has yet to practice with his new team. He spent Friday morning doing conditioning and rehabilitation drills on an adjacent field as the Panthers worked out.

The Panthers traded their 2009 first-round pick and two other selections to the Philadelphia Eagles on draft day to take the 6-foot-6, 330-pound former Pittsburgh star. Carolina expects Otah to become a starter right away at right tackle.

Otah said his recovery is progressing. Coach John Fox feels Otah will be ready for training camp.