Michael Ola
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Michael Ola

Michael Ola
New Orleans Saints
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1988-04-19) April 19, 1988 (age 31)
Riverdale, Georgia
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:312 lb (142 kg)
Career information
High school:Riverdale (Riverdale, Georgia)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:38
Games started:20
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Michael Ola (born April 19, 1988) is an American football offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Hampton University and attended Riverdale High School in Riverdale, Georgia.[1] He has also been a member of the Jacksonville Sharks, Montreal Alouettes, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, and New York Giants.

Professional career

Jacksonville Sharks

Ola was signed by the Jacksonville Sharks on March 3, 2012. He was released on June 11, 2012.[2]

Montreal Alouettes

Ola signed with the Montreal Alouettes on June 10, 2012.[3] He played for the Alouettes during the 2012 and 2013 CFL seasons.

Miami Dolphins

Ola was signed to a futures contract by the Miami Dolphins on February 7, 2014. He was released by the Dolphins on May 25, 2014.[4]

Chicago Bears

Ola signed with the Chicago Bears on May 28, 2014.[4] He made his NFL debut on September 7 against the Buffalo Bills,[5] and made his first career start the following week against the San Francisco 49ers, replacing the injured Matt Slauson.[6] In the 2014 season, he started at four of the five offensive line positions.[7] Ola was released by the Bears on September 5, 2015.[8]

San Diego Chargers

Ola was signed to the San Diego Chargers' practice squad on September 7, 2015.[9] He was signed to the active roster on October 3, following the Chargers release of running back Donald Brown.[10]

Detroit Lions

Ola was signed by the Detroit Lions on October 20, 2015.[11] On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the Lions.[12]

Seattle Seahawks

On September 13, 2016, Ola was signed to the Seahawks' practice squad.[13] He was released on September 21, 2016.[14]

New York Giants

On September 21, 2016, Ola was signed to the Giants' practice squad.[15]

Buffalo Bills

On September 28, 2016, Ola was signed by the Bills off the Giants' practice squad.[16] He was released by the Bills on October 25, 2016 and was re-signed to the practice squad two days later.[17][18] He was promoted back to the active roster on December 13, 2016.[19]

On September 2, 2017, Ola was waived/injured by the Bills and placed on injured reserve.[20] He was released on September 6, 2017.[21]

Los Angeles Chargers

On October 24, 2017, Ola signed with the Los Angeles Chargers.[22]

New Orleans Saints

On May 14, 2018, Ola signed with the New Orleans Saints.[23] He was released on September 12, 2018.[24] He was re-signed on October 18, 2018.[25] He suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 14 and was placed on injured reserve on December 11, 2018.[26]

On February 19, 2019, Ola re-signed with the Saints.[27] He was released on August 31, 2019.[28] He was re-signed on December 6, 2019.[29]


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  2. ^ "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Transactions - June 2012". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on November 1, 2015. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Michael Ola". kffl.com. Archived from the original on December 4, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Michael Ola". nfl.com. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 13, 2014). "Bears backups ready to face 49ers". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Mayer, Larry (January 14, 2015). "What's likelihood of Ola returning?". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Chicago Bears Trim Roster Down To 53". chicago.cbslocal.com. September 5, 2015. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ Gehlken , Michael (September 7, 2015). "Chargers sign Michael Ola, fill practice squad". sandiegouniontribune.com. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ Patra, Kevin (October 3, 2015). "Chargers cut RB Donald Brown, sign G Michael Ola". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Birkett, Dave (October 20, 2015). "Lions' Joique Bell says return to the field is near". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "Lions establish 53-man roster". DetroitLions.com. September 3, 2016. Archived from the original on October 15, 2017.
  13. ^ Boyle, John (September 13, 2016). "Seahawks Sign Fullback Will Tukuafu And Cornerback Neiko Thorpe". Seahawks.com.
  14. ^ "Seahawks Release Fullback Will Tukuafu, Make Changes To Practice Squad". Seahawks.com. September 3, 2016.
  15. ^ "Giants Sign OT Laurence Gibson & Michael Ola To Practice Squad, Cut C Shane McDermott".
  16. ^ Brown, Chris. "Bills sign OT Michael Ola". BuffaloBills.com. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ Brown, Chris (October 25, 2016). "Bills elevate practice squad WR Eagan to active roster". BuffaloBills.com.
  18. ^ "Bills sign OT Ola to practice squad". Blogs.BuffaloBills.com. October 27, 2016.
  19. ^ Brown, Chris (December 13, 2016). "S Ihedigbo to I-R; LB Albright waived, two promoted from practice squad". BuffaloBills.com.
  20. ^ Brown, Chris (September 2, 2017). "Bills move 30 off the roster to reach 53". BuffaloBills.com.
  21. ^ Bouda, Nate (September 6, 2017). "Bills Waive OT Michael Ola From I.R. With Settlement".
  22. ^ Henne, Ricky (October 24, 2017). "Chargers Sign Veteran OL Michael Ola". Chargers.com.
  23. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce post-rookie minicamp roster moves". NewOrleansSaints.com. May 14, 2018.
  24. ^ Katzenstein, Josh (September 12, 2018). "Saints cut offensive lineman Michael Ola; re-sign Jermon Bushrod". NOLA.com.
  25. ^ Gantt, Darin (October 18, 2018). "Saints bringing back offensive lineman Michael Ola". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  26. ^ "Saints OL Michael Ola goes on injured reserve after suffering high ankle sprain against Tampa Bay". NOLA.com. December 11, 2018.
  27. ^ Gantt, Darin (February 19, 2019). "Saints bring back Michael Ola". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  28. ^ "New Orleans Saints make roster reductions to 53". NewOrleansSaints.com. August 31, 2019.
  29. ^ Williams, Charean (December 6, 2019). "Saints re-sign Michael Ola, place Jason Vander Laan on IR". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.

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