Panthers release tackle Michael Oher

Nettie James
July 22, 2017

Offensive tackle Michael Oher has been released by the Carolina Panthers after failing a physical.

Oher, 31, played in just three games last season while dealing with a concussion.

The 31-year-old posted and quickly deleted an Instagram photo showing 10 pill bottles with the caption, "all for the brain" back in June that had everybody anxious about his longterm health.

Oher is most notably known as the inspiration for the Academy Award- nominated "The Blind Side" movie.

Oher, who has been in the National Football League concussion protocol since last September, is guaranteed $900,000 as a part of his injury protection benefits, but his release saves Carolina $1.69 million towards the salary cap. He was cited for misdemeanor assault and later turned himself in.

Before the concussion that ended his 2016 campaign, Oher had started 110 games throughout his career with the Baltimore Ravens and Panthers. He had signed a three-year extension worth $21.6 million last summer. Former backup right tackle Daryl Williams is likely to start opposite Kalil in 2017, with depth from rookie tackle Taylor Moton behind him.

The move to release Oher was made by interim general manager Marty Hurney, who was hired Wednesday. He also was a big part of Carolina's 2015 NFC Championship-winning team that ultimately fell to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

Oher played for the Tennessee Titans in 2014 to be released one year later after he struggled on the field and with former head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

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