Otah at OTAs
The Panthers expected to have rookie Jeff Otah back for summer school sessions, but the team's first-round draft pick didn't participate on Wednesday as he continues to nurse a high ankle sprain. So when will the 6-foot-7, 340-pound Otah get back on the field?
"It's hard to predict," coach John Fox said. "He'll be day-to-day and we'll see how it feels. He was out here exercising and our trainers tell us how that goes. When they clear him he'll be out there... It's in the medical people's hands, they do that. They don't start counting until the regular season."
Beason back in action
After undergoing surgery to repair his wrist, Jon Beason was back on the field with his teammates Wednesday.
"It was great to be out there," said Beason, the team's leading tackler last season. "It was killing me in rookie minicamp not to be out there."
Steward not attending due to School
Rookie running back Jonathan Stewart is not practicing in summer school because of a long-standing agreement between the NFL and the NCAA that prevents rookies from participating in minicamps if their college hasn't completed its exams. (Oregon is a school that has yet to complete its exams.) Well, that and because he's not fully recovered from a turf toe injury.
Quarterback Jake Delhomme looks stronger and appears in better shape physically.
"I think a lot had to do with my rehab routine," he said. "I have become more specialized, I guess you can say, in my lifts. So that has strengthened up everything in the arm from the fingers to the shoulders. But I do feel real good.
"Now, it's easy to come on a one-a-day and do it. When you get back to back in training camp, we'll see. But I anticipate not really having too many issues."
"It's great to see," Panthers TE Jeff King said of QB Jake Delhomme being back running the offense. "He came in and threw it well. He got a little (upset) at himself, which is good. But it's awesome to have your leader back. We haven't had that in some time. I thought he threw it well. His arm looks really strong."
Another shot for Deloatch
The Panthers have re-signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Curtis Deloatch. Deloatch, 26, played in six games and recorded one tackle and one pass defensed in addition to notching three special teams tackles in three stints on the Panthers roster last year.
He suffered a torn ACL in his left knee against Indianapolis on Oct. 28 and was placed on injured reserve.
A veteran of four NFL seasons, Deloatch has played in 45 games with 13 starts for the New York Giants, New Orleans and Carolina and has posted 81 tackles, one interception, 14 passes defensed and one forced fumble. Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent from North Carolina A&T by New York in 2004, Deloatch started 13 contests for the Giants in 2005 and was utilized primarily on special teams for the Saints in 2006.