Greg Olsen

#88 TE / Carolina Panthers / EXP: 11YRS Height: 6-5 Weight: 255 lb Age: 32 College: Miami (Fla.) Bye 11

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  • The Panthers officially designated Olsen (foot) to return from injured reserve Monday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports. Olsen's participation in practice Monday initiates a three-week window in which the Panthers have to activate the tight end, but it's unlikely the team will need the full length of time to decide the veteran's fate. In fact, Olsen, who was first moved to IR after fracturing his right foot in a Week 2 loss to the Bills, said he thinks he'll be able to play when first eligible Sunday against the Jets, barring a setback in practice over the next few days, according to Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer. If Olsen shows few limitations in practice, he could immediately step in as quarterback Cam Newton's top target in a Panthers passing game that recently lost Kelvin Benjamin (traded to Bills) and Curtis Samuel (season-ending ankle injury).

  • Olsen (foot) confirmed after Monday's practice that he still plans to return from injured reserve for Sunday's road game against the Jets, David Newton of reports. Both player and team have expressed universal optimism the past couple weeks, repeatedly stating that Olsen is on track to return when first eligible in Week 12. It won't be surprising if he starts off with a limited role, but it sounds as if he'll be available in some capacity so long as he avoids a late setback. With Kelvin Benjamin now in Buffalo and Curtis Samuel (ankle) out for the season, the Panthers can use all the pass-catching help they can get. Olsen should quickly join Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey as one of Cam Newton's favorite targets.

  • Panthers' Greg Olsen: Starts week practicing
    By RotoWire Staff

    Olsen (foot) is practicing Monday, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. Head coach Ron Rivers said last week that Olsen was on track to return from injured reserve when first eligible ahead of Sunday's game against the Jets. The veteran tight end's participation Monday suggests he's still on track, though the extent of his practice workload isn't clear. Even if he's eased in with a limited role, Olsen should have a huge role in a Carolina passing game that's become heavily reliant on Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey. The 32-year-old suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot during a Week 2 win over the Bills.

  • Head coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday that Olsen (foot) will take on a larger workload during the Panthers' first session out of their Week 11 bye Monday, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. The "practice" will be a test of sorts to determine if Olsen will participate in the first official session of the week Wednesday, after which the Panthers will release an injury report. His listing there will be telling for his potential to play Sunday, Nov. 26 at the Jets, his first opportunity to suit up since suffering a Jones fracture in his right foot Week 2. Olsen will be welcomed back with open arms whenever he's deemed ready following Kelvin Benjamin's trade to Buffalo and the potential that rookie wideout Curtis Samuel (ankle) misses the rest of the season.

  • Panthers' Greg Olsen: Increasing workload
    By RotoWire Staff

    Olsen (foot) is expected to increase his workout regimen this week, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. Olsen was slated to begin practicing last week, but even if he didn't, head coach Ron Rivera is implying the tight end will do so in the coming days. On track for a return when first eligible Nov. 26, Olsen will likely be good to roll in time for the Panthers' playoff push.

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