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Jeff Otah Can’t Pass Physical With Jets, Goes Back To Panthers

(credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN) – Some Jets fans described right tackle Wayne Hunter as a “revolving door” last season.

The Jets responded by bringing in veteran Jeff Otah in a trade with Carolina this month. But talk about a revolving door. Otah, who was expected to compete with Hunter for the starting job, couldn’t pass his physical and will be returned to the Panthers.

“GM Marty Hurney says … trade to NY Jets rescinded due to failed physical,” the Panthers announced via Twitter on Tuesday.

The former first-round pick, plagued by knee issues, failed his physical last week and was placed on the physically unable to perform list. The Jets will get back a conditional seventh-round pick included the trade, which was contingent on Otah passing by Tuesday.

The 26-year-old played in just four games last season and missed the entire 2010 season.

“I’m not really worried about much,” Otah recently told the Newark Star-Ledger. “I’m just worried about getting back healthy. Aside from that, everything will take care of itself.”

Otah will meet with Panthers officials and trainers on Wednesday, according to CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora.

“They will discuss how much time he may need to pass a physical, whether to allow for a window, or whether to place him on the PUP list immediately,” La Canfora reported.

Should the Jets try to bring somebody else in to challenge Hunter? Be heard in the comments below…