Panthers' Michael Oher misses first day of voluntary OTAs

ByDavid Newton ESPN logo
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Oher did not attend the first day of voluntary organized team activities Tuesday, but a league source said the Carolina Panthers offensive tackle plans to attend a mandatory June 13-15 minicamp.

Oher also plans to play for the Panthers this season if cleared from the concussion protocol, the source said.

Oher missed the final 13 games last season after being placed in the protocol in late September. He was working out five days a week, according to general manager Dave Gettleman, in late March.

"He's working his fanny off,'' Gettleman said at the time. "He's doing NFL workouts. He is fully engaged in that weight room and sweating his butt off, and he looks great. He sounds great.''

But Oher was mysteriously absent during the first five weeks of voluntary workouts and there is no indication he will participate in the voluntary portion of OTAs.

Oher has spent much of his offseason in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was charged April 14 with allegedly assaulting an Uber driver. The subject of the 2009 Hollywood movie "The Blind Side'' was arrested May 9 but was not incarcerated.

He is scheduled to appear in court June 6.

With Oher's future uncertain, the Panthers signed free agent Matt Kalil to a five-year, $55.5 million deal to start at left tackle. Oher will move to the right side and compete with Daryl Williams and second-round draft pick Taylor Moton out of Western Michigan.