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Panthers release Michael Oher


CHARLOTTE -- The Carolina Panthers have terminated vested veteran/failed physical offensive tackle Michael Oher.

Oher started the first three games of the 2016 season before a concussion caused him to be inactive for the next seven games and be placed on injured reserve.

"The most important thing is his health," head coach Ron Rivera told staff writer Max Henson. "Michael's health always came first. We were not going to force the issue. Michael understood and we expressed that to him."

Oher joined the Panthers in 2015 and started all 16 regular season games and three postseason games for a team that won the NFC Championship and advanced to Super Bowl 50. He helped Carolina set team records with an NFL-leading 500 points and 59 touchdowns and gain a team-record 357 first downs

In eight NFL seasons with Baltimore (2009-13), Tennessee (2014) and Carolina (2015-16), Oher has started all 110 regular season games he played. He was a member of the Baltimore's Super Bowl XLVII championship team following the 2012 season.

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