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Olsen (calf) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, the Panthers' official site reports.

Olsen has posted relatively similar lines through two weeks, with 14 catches (on 19 targets) for 155 yards and one touchdown to date. Because he was able to fit in some drills Wednesday, he's likely building up to active status Sunday against the Steelers. However, keep a close eye on his activity level as the weekend draws near.

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Olsen led the Panthers with six catches (on eight targets) for 72 yards in Sunday's win over the Lions.

Olsen was absent for part of this week while attending to a personal matter, but played without limitation Sunday, providing quarterback Cam Newton a reliable security blanket in Carolina's passing game. For the second straight game, Olsen lead the Panthers in receptions and also surpassed 70 yards for a consecutive outing. The veteran is a solid, yet unspectacular fantasy tight end whose value is about as steady as they come.

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Olsen (non-injury) is active Sunday against the Lions.

After tending to a personal matter during the week, Olsen is available as a safety valve for Cam Newton (ribs) in his season debut. In a full, 16-game slate last year, Olsen caught at least four balls on 13 occasions, racked up 40-plus receiving yards 11 times, and recorded six touchdown receptions.

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Olsen (non-injury) is probable for Sunday's game against Detroit.

DeAndre Levy is one of the league's most dangerous linebackers in coverage, but aside from him there doesn't seem to be much personnel in the Detroit defense capable of shutting Olsen down. He's one of the nicer on-paper starts at tight end this week.

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Olsen participated in Friday's practice, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Olsen left the team the day before to tend to a personal matter, but he was able to return Friday as expected. Olsen is healthy, and should be good to go for this week's game against the Lions.

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Olsen left Thursday's practice in order to tend to a personal matter, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. However, coach Ron Rivera expects Olsen to return in time for drills Friday, according to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer.

Olsen's family life is more important than that on the field, so he may require more than one day to deal without the non-football concern. However, Rivera believes that the tight end will be available for Sunday's contest versus the Lions, which could be confirmed, if Olsen takes part in practice Friday.

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Olsen caught a team-high eight passes (on 11 targets) for 83 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win at Tampa Bay.

Olsen led the Panthers in both catches and targets, providing a reliable security blanket for backup-turned-starting quarterback Derek Anderson. The tight end opened Carolina's scoring with a five-yard touchdown catch and could have had another score, if he didn't drop a would-be touchdown later in the game. Nonetheless, Olsen posted the kind of performance that has made him a steady fantasy option in recent seasons, with his touchdown putting his value over the top Sunday. He should maintain a consistent presence in the Panthers' offense with first-choice signal-caller Cam Newton (ribs) figuring to return next week versus Detroit.

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Olsen (personal) returned to practice Monday, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

With Olsen, who was away from the team last week following his son's heart surgery, back at practice, the tight end appears on track to suit up for the Panthers' season opener against the Bucs on Sunday.

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Olsen (personal) will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Steelers, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Rather than travel with the team to Pittsburgh, Olsen will stay back in Charlotte to watch over his son's recovery from open-heart surgery. His son is reportedly doing well after undergoing the procedure earlier in the week, and if he continues to progress as expected, Olsen will rejoin the team next week and play in the regular-season opener against Tampa Bay. "A lot depends on his recovery status," Olsen said via text message Wednesday. "But he's doing well now, so hope that continues."

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Olsen (calf) caught two passes for 21 yards on four targets in Friday's preseason game against the Patriots.

The Panthers have done nothing to quiet the questions about their receiving corps, as Kelvin Benjamin's strong preseason has been surrounded by a whole lot of nothing from the other wideouts. It increasingly seems that Benjamin and Olsen will devour a high percentage of the targets, but the Panthers don't project as a prolific passing team, and still figure to favor their four-headed running game near the goal line. As for the calf injury, Olsen appears to be fine.