IRDGreg Olsen
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3 hours ago

Olsen (foot) felt good after Thursday's practice, but how he reacts to back-to-back sessions over the next two days will aid in the decision to activate him for Sunday's road game against the Jets, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Panthers will take a wait-and-see approach as Olsen practices for the first time since Week 2, when he sustained a Jones fracture in his right foot. A decision must be made by 4:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, so his availability will be known well in advance of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. EDT kickoff.

IRDGreg Olsen
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1 day ago

Head coach Ron Rivera told Brian Costello of the New York Post on Wednesday that Olsen is in line to suit up for Sunday's road game versus the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen has participated in practice Monday and Wednesday this week, the former of which opened his three-week window for activation from injured reserve. By all indications, the veteran tight end will require less than one week to be ready for game action, as substantiated by Rivera. In Olsen's return, he could immediately step in as the top pass catcher for Cam Newton after Kelvin Benjamin was dealt to the Bills last month. That said, Olsen will have to compete with Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey for targets.

IRDGreg Olsen
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3 days ago

The Panthers officially designated Olsen (foot) to return from injured reserve Monday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen's participation in practice Monday initiates a two-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).

IRDGreg Olsen
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3 days ago

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 ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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) potentially 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.

IRDGreg Olsen
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3 days ago

Olsen (foot) is practicing Monday, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

IRDGreg Olsen
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1 week ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

IRDGreg Olsen
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2 weeks ago

Olsen (foot) expects to return for a road matchup Week 12 against the Jets, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen has increased his workload this week as he enters the stretch run of his recovery from a Jones fracture in his right foot. Assuming no setbacks, Olsen will be available for Cam Newton after the Panthers' Week 11 bye.

IRDGreg Olsen
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2 weeks ago

Olsen (foot) is expected to increase his workout regimen this week, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

IRDGreg Olsen
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3 weeks ago

Olsen (foot) confirmed that he's targeting a return from injured reserve when first eligible in Week 12 against the Jets, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen can resume practicing this week and is expected to do so, but he won't be eligible to play in a game until the Panthers face the Jets on Nov. 26. The team's medical staff will evaluate his progress Tuesday, with the expectation that he'll be cleared for some form of practice work by the end of the week. While he seems to be on track for the stretch run of the season, Olsen won't necessarily jump right back in to his usual every-down role. Prior to breaking his foot in Week 2, the 32-year-old tight end hand't missed a game since his 2007 rookie season in Chicago.

IRDGreg Olsen
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3 weeks ago

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that he expects Olsen (foot) to resume practicing this week, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen, who was placed on injured reserve after fracturing his right foot in Week 2 against the Bills, will be reevaluated by the training staff during a test Tuesday, after which it will be determined if the tight end is ready to practice again. Given the extensive time Olsen has missed with the injury, he would likely be eased back into practices, so don't expect him to be listed as anything more than a limited participant if he's able to get back on the field Wednesday, Thursday and/or Friday. Olsen's placement on IR earlier this season means he'll have to miss at least eight weeks, so he won't be eligible to play until the team's Week 12 matchup with the Jets, which will come after the Panthers' bye.