Olsen (elbow) secured three of four targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bucs. Olsen was limited to one of his quietest performances of the season, as his reception and yardage totals were both his second lowest in a game this season. Despite the disappointing finish, the veteran tight end still finishes with the second-best reception (80) and yardage (1,073) totals of his career, along with a record third consecutive 1,000-yard season that serves as a record for a tight end.
Olsen (elbow) is active for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. Olsen has only participated in one practice both of the past two weeks, but uncapped showings on back-to-back Fridays paved the way for game action in Weeks 16 and 17. Already having accomplished a feat achieved by no other tight end in NFL history -- 1,000-plus receiving yards in three consecutive seasons -- he sits only 54 yards short of his career-high 1,104 yards from the 2015 campaign.
Olsen (elbow) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. Olsen's only involvement in practice this week came Friday, but considering he participated in a complete capacity, it seems the veteran should be able to suit up Sunday. However, if his elbow injury unexpectedly impact his availability, Carolina would be down to just Ed Dickson and Chris Manhertz at tight end.
Head coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Olsen (elbow) is in line to suit up Sunday at Tampa Bay, the Panthers' official site reports. Olsen appears to be following his practice schedule from a week ago, when he opened with back-to-back DNPs before a full session Friday. If Olsen indeed replicates the feat, Rivera's assessment will have been upheld. Sitting on 1,051 receiving yards through 15 games, he requires just 54 yards to surpass his career-best mark from last season.
Olsen (elbow) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Last week, Olsen followed a DNP/DNP/full practice regimen, which he seems poised to replicate in advance of the regular season finale. Nevertheless, his status will be viewed with a watchful eye as the week proceeds.
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