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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.

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Olsen (calf) is expected to play in Friday's preseason game versus the Patriots, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Olsen sat out last Sunday's exhibition outing with a slight calf ailment, but has since returned to practice and will play Friday. With the Panthers' starters expected to feature for the entire first half, Olsen should get plenty of work to prepare for Week 1.

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Olsen (calf) took part in Tuesday's practice, Steve Reed of the AP reports.

Olsen missed a preseason game and a couple days of practice with the calf injury, but his return to practice indicates his setback was only minor. Barring any setbacks Olsen should be good to go for Week 1.

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Olsen (calf) did not play in Sunday's preseason game against the Chiefs.

The Panthers have given no indication that Olsen's injury will prevent him from playing Week 1, so it seems likely that they were just taking the cautious route by holding him out of Sunday's exhibition game.

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Olsen (calf) did not practice Thursday.

The report suggests that Olsen -- who was kicked the calf in a recent practice -- was held out as a precaution Thursday, so it remains plausible that the tight end could still suit up for Sunday's preseason contest against the Chiefs.

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Greg Olsen caught four passes for 55 yards in the Panthers' Divisional Round loss to the 49ers.

Olsen's big play occurred in the second quarter when he split San Francisco's safeties deep for a 35-yard completion. He was otherwise limited to chain-moving type gains. Olsen turns 29 in March and is owed $5.5 million in 2014. He'll surely return to Carolina as one of the team's only reliable pass catchers. For fantasy purposes, Olsen is a low-ceiling TE1.

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Greg Olsen caught six passes for 42 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win at Atlanta.

With Steve Smith (knee) sidelined, Olsen came up huge. He caught an absolute laser from Cam Newton to give the Panthers a third-quarter lead they would never relinquish and also converted a big third down with a diving catch in the fourth quarter. Olsen was consistently solid all year long, catching at least four passes in 13 of 16 games and finding the end zone six times. He'll get a chance to rest his foot as the Panthers have secured a bye in the first round of the playoffs.