Olsen (foot) expects to resume his playing career in 2019, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. "I still enjoy playing and I still know I can play," Olsen said Wednesday. Recently, Olsen underwent surgery on his right foot for the second time in as many seasons. The first one -- which came in September 2017 and required the insertion of a screw -- was more or less a quick fix, but multiple aggravations ensued this season. The second procedure involved the replacement of the screw and included a bone graft, which Olsen told Rodrigue typically has a high success rate. According to Rodrigue, this surgery has historically "fixed [the Jones fracture] for good" in other players. While Olsen faces 3-to-4 months of rehabilitation, he should be at full strength next fall for his 13th season, assuming he doesn't change his mind about playing.
Coach Ron Rivera said Friday that he expects Olsen (foot) to play football in 2019, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Olsen will turn 34 in March and is eventually expected to have a career in broadcasting, but it sounds like the Panthers expect him back for at least one more season. He recently had surgery to address a ruptured plantar fascia in his problematic right foot. Olsen may not be ready for the team's offseason program, but he should have enough time to finish up the rehab process before training camp opens.
Olsen (foot) recently underwent surgery on his right foot and is expected to make a full recovery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Olsen re-injured his surgically repaired right foot during the Panthers' Week 13 loss to Tampa Bay and was ultimately placed on injured reserve ahead of Carolina's Week 14 loss to Cleveland. The 33-year-old remains under contract through the next two seasons, but it isn't clear how much of Olsen's impending rehab program will eat into his preparation time for the 2019 campaign. It also isn't entirely clear if he intends to continue his football career.
The Panthers placed Olsen (foot) on injured reserve Wednesday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports. As anticipated, Olsen's 2018 season officially comes to an end after he re-injured his surgically repaired right foot in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Buccaneers, with his latest setback being labeled as a ruptured plantar fascia. Olsen is under contract through 2019, but with the foot issues causing him to miss half of the Panthers' regular-season contests over the past two seasons and another surgery on tap, it's possible the 33-year-old walks away from the game. The Panthers will proceed with rookie Ian Thomas as their top pass-catching tight end, with Chris Manhertz and fullback Alex Armah on hand to draw snaps at the position mainly in blocking situations.
The Panthers are expected to place Olsen (foot) on injured reserve this week, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Per ESPN's David Newton, Olsen indicated that he ruptured the "plantar" in his right foot during Week 13 action. With Olsen sidelined, the profile of fellow tight end Ian Thomas in the Panthers offense is bound to expand, making him an option for those scrambling to replace Olsen on fantasy rosters.
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