Carolina Panthers left tackle Michael Oher remains in the concussion protocol and is expected to miss his fourth consecutive game Sunday against Arizona.
Oher began experiencing post-concussion symptoms early in a Week 3 loss to Minnesota, a game in which he gave up three sacks and had a holding penalty. But Oher did not report the symptoms until the following week – two days before the Panthers faced Atlanta.
He’s been in the protocol ever since. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who spent a week in the protocol and missed the Tampa Bay game, says he wants Oher to make a full recovery – however long it takes.
“I’m hoping everything works out in our favor, but more importantly in his favor,” Newton said. “Just to see him come around (with) smiles, it means a lot for us. But nobody’s going to rush him back. We expect a speedy recovery for him and when he does come back, we’re going to get the ball rolling even more.”
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Oher was the only player who did not participate Wednesday.
Defensive tackle Vernon Butler (high ankle sprain) and cornerback James Bradberry (turf toe), the first- and second-round picks, were limited. Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he expects both players to increase their practice reps Thursday.