NFL player raises alarm with Instagram post

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Carolina Panthers tackle Michael Oher raised alarms Thursday night when he posted a photo on Instagram of 10 prescription pill bottles captioned, “All for the brain smh.” The post has since been deleted.

Oher, whose story inspired the movie The Blind Side, has been in concussion protocol for more than eight months after sustaining the head injury in a game against the Minnesota Vikings early in the 2016 season.

Reacting to Oher’s post, Panthers’ general manager Dave Gettleman said, “I don’t know if Michael posted that photo or not. Regardless, my primary interest is Michael’s health.”

Oher has not participated in off-season training and it is unknown whether he will attend the Panthers’ mandatory minicamp in mid-June. The NFL requires players who are concussed in either practice or play to be examined, monitored, and cleared by a physician prior to being allowed back on the field.

Gettleman revealed that he met with Oher in Nashville in early May:

“We talked about a lot of things – nothing about football. It was about him, how he was doing and the issues he was dealing with. It started and ended well. And after we met, Michael did follow up for a few days. However, the communication has stopped.”

Gettleman noted, “Our No. 1 priority is a healthy Michael Oher. This is not about football, this is about Michael.”

On April 14, Oher was charged with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly punched and kicked an Uber driver in Nashville, Tennessee, following an argument over directions.

According to a police report, Oher had been drinking at the time.

The story of Oher’s youth—from foster homes and homelessness to college football success—was documented in the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis.

Oher’s story was then adapted into the 2009 movie The Blind Side. Sandra Bullock played Oher’s adoptive mother, and won an Oscar for her role.

The Washington Post reported that in June 2016, Oher signed a three-year extension with the Carolina Panthers for $21.6million in new money and $9.5million guaranteed.

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