Carolina Panthers release OT Michael Oher

Carolina Panthers Michael Oher stretches before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Charlotte N.C. Sunday Sept. 18 2016. The Vikings won 22-10

He's been on the NFL's concussion protocol since September.

The team announced the release of Oher on Friday (NZ time), after Oher failed his physical.

"The most important thing is his health", Panthers coach Ron Rivera said, according to the team's website.

Rivera cited Oher's lingering concussion battle as the main aspect in Carolina's decision to release the tackle. In 2016, Oher appeared in only three games before concussion issues forced him to miss the remaining 13 games. He assaulted an Uber driver a few months back and made news when a picture was posted to his Instagram account showing 10 bottles of pills "all for the brain". "Michael understood and we expressed that to him".

Guarding the blind side of star quarterback Cam Newton as the starting left tackle, Oher produced perhaps his finest campaign, allowing a career-low four sacks with only three penalties while on the field for 98.4 percent of plays. In eight National Football League seasons Oher started all 110 regular season games he played.

The former Pro Bowl offensive lineman joined the Panthers in 2015 after brief stint with the Tennessee Titans. Guy really cares about you as a person just not the player.

It's the first personnel move under Panthers new interim general manager Marty Hurney, who was hired on 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.



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