Olsen (foot) was spotted doing a light workout on the side at Wednesday's practice, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports. Olsen's activity likely won't be enough to constitute even a limited practice and therefore won't change his outlook for Sunday's game against the Bengals. The tight end has already been ruled out for that contest and will likely be sidelined for at least a few more weeks, though the Panthers don't have a firm timeline for his recovery from a fractured right foot. While Olsen was inactive during the Panthers' Week 2 loss to the Falcons, Ian Thomas started at tight end and logged 64 of a possible 67 snaps on offense, finishing with two receptions for 10 yards on three targets.
Olsen (foot) is hopeful to return to game action in around 4-to-5 weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Though Olsen was placed on injured reserve last season after fracturing the same bone in his right foot, the tight end will tentatively avoid the same fate this time around while he forgoes surgery to address the issue. The 33-year-old is hopeful that about a month of rest will be all he needs to get back on the field, though Olsen would almost certainly have to manage some level of pain if he meets his goal. While Olsen is sidelined, Ian Thomas is expected to act as the Panthers' primary pass-catching tight end, with Chris Manhertz and Alex Armah also rotating in at the position to serve mainly as blockers.
Olsen (foot) plans to rest for a few weeks then play the rest of the season, and he's optimistic he can avoid surgery until after the year, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. This leaves a loose timeline, as he still needs to wait for his fractured foot to at least partially heal. However, the Panthers won't place him on injured reserve, which should be seen as good news for Olsen and Cam Newton owners alike. In his absence, rookie fourth-round pick Ian Thomas is expected to start at tight end. Devin Funchess averaged an extra 1.8 targets per game when Olsen didn't play last season, so the 6-foot-5 wideout could also see a modest uptick in opportunity.
Sources familiar with Olsen's right foot injury anticipate the tight end will miss a "significant chunk of time" due to the right foot injury he suffered in Saturday's season-opening win over the Cowboys, Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network report. Olsen was sidelined for nine games in 2017 after sustaining a Jones fracture of the same foot, but the Panthers have yet to reveal an official diagnosis for his latest setback. He'll continue to be evaluated as the Panthers look to determine the exact nature of his issue along with how much time he might miss, but it's apparent the 33-year-old is looking at a multi-week absence. While Olsen is out, rookie fourth-round pick Ian Thomas will likely get the first look as the Panthers' starting tight end.
Olsen (foot) is not expected to be placed on injured reserve, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Olsen was ruled out indefinitely by the Panthers on Monday after sustaining a fractured right foot in Sunday's win over the Cowboys, but given that the team is optimistic the tight end will be able to return before the end of the season, he will be kept off injured reserve. By doing this, the Panthers will be able to avoid using Olsen as one of the two players that would be eligible to return off IR later in the season. With Olsen still in line for an extended absence, rookie Ian Thomas will likely fill in as the starter with the team potentially looking to add another tight end to shore up depth at the position.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/07||New York Giants||1||1.00|
|9||11/04||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||10.00|
|13||12/02||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||10.00|
|15||12/18||New Orleans Saints||8||4.00|
|17||12/30||@New Orleans Saints||8||4.00|
|3 Year Avg||97||58||789||4||40||13.60||102|