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Olsen (ankle) led the Panthers with eight receptions (on eight targets) for 105 receiving yards Sunday versus the Packers.

Olsen was one of few bright spots on the Panthers' offense Sunday, as the ever-reliable tight end caught all eight of his targets. Additionally, Olsen's 105 yards somewhat surprisingly set a career-high for the eight-year veteran. While rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin embodies Carolina's most explosive pass-catcher, Olsen is easily the team's most dependable and is enjoying his best beginning to a season yet. Through seven games, Olsen boasts 41 catches (on 59 targets), 493 yards and five touchdowns.

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Olsen (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.

The Packers haven't allowed a touchdown to an opposing tight end all season, but they did surrender 134 yards to Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, and Olsen boasts that kind of talent and productivity. He is safe to start this week.

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Olsen (ankle) participated fully in practice Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Green Bay, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Olsen has logged back-to-back full practices and should be operating at full strength Sunday. He'll be a frequent target for Cam Newton, but the Packers have been fairly stingy against opposing tight ends this season, allowing just one (Martellus Bennett) to top 45 receiving yards. No tight end has caught a touchdown against Green Bay this season.

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Olsen (ankle) practiced in full Thursday.

If there was any question about the health of Olsen's health, he answered the bell by logging an unhindered practice. With an average of 1.5 red-zone targets per game to his name this season, he's a weekly threat to reach paydirt.

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Olsen (ankle) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Olsen tended to an ankle injury last week but still proceeded to head the Panthers' passing attack Sunday at Cincinnati, hauling in six receptions (on 11 targets) for 62 yards and one touchdown. He has now reached the end zone in four of six games, totaling five scores in all, so his practice participation will be one to keep an eye on as the week continues.

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Olsen led the Panthers with 62 receiving yards and a touchdown on six catches on 11 targets during Sunday's overtime tie with the Bengals.

Olsen has enjoyed a fantastic start to this season, catching at least five passes and exceeding 60 yards in five of six games to date. Additionally, the veteran tight end now boasts five touchdowns on the season, a mark he's remarkably maintained since 2008.

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Olsen (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Olsen did not practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he was back on the field Friday and should be close to his normal self Sunday despite some ankle discomfort. Cincinnati had no answer for the Patriots' tight ends last week, surrendering 11 catches for 185 yards and two scores, so look for Cam Newton to turn to Olsen often on Sunday.

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Olsen (ankle) was limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Cincinnati, the Panthers' official site reports.

Despite the questionable tag, coach Ron Rivera said he expects Olsen to suit up against the Bengals. Cincinnati has a middle-of-the-road pass defense (19th in yards allowed) that seems especially vulnerable against tight ends after getting shredded by Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright last week.

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Olsen (ankle) was in uniform for Friday's practice, Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Olsen sat out the last two days, but he will take the practice field Friday as expected. Olsen's status for Week 6 is up in the air, but it should be clarified to some degree following Friday's practice.

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Olsen (ankle) didn't practice Thursday but is expected to do so Friday, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Olsen's absences to start the week appear to be precautionary in nature, especially considering the report from Steve Reed of the Associated Press that the tight end looked fine during Thursday's warmups. Meanwhile, Olsen managed to haul in six passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Bears, which was accompanied by an ankle injury. Expect his status to clear up in advance of this coming Sunday's contest in Cincinnati.