Panthers release OT Michael Oher with failed physical designation

Panthers release Michael Oher

Oher's approaching a year in concussion protocol and there now isn't a timeline for his return, leaving his career in serious jeopardy.

The Carolina Panthers officially cut ties with Oher Thursday, but that may be the least of his issues. What is perhaps surprising is that the Panthers waited so long to make the call to let Oher go.

Shortly after his release, Oher tweeted "The Brain is a scary thing". "Michael's health always came first".

Oher took to social media this afternoon, sharing a few thoughts about his release that has fans hoping he stays on the right track with his health.

Before we go any further, don't start with the blind side jokes.

The Uber driver reportedly assaulted by Michael Oher this past April is now suing the football player for punitive and compensatory damages. "Michael understood and we expressed that to him", Rivera continued.

The move to release Oher was made by interim general manager Marty Hurney, who was hired Wednesday. However, he sustained a concussion in the third game of last season and hasn't played since.

The 31-year old tackle was a big component of the Panthers' 15-1 season in 2015, as he started all 16 games for them at left tackle, and he had three years remaining on his contract after having been extended by the Panthers last season. He was a member of the Ravens' Super Bowl championship team following the 2012 season.

The former Pro Bowl offensive lineman joined the Panthers in 2015 after brief stint with the Tennessee Titans.

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