IRGreg Olsen
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5 days ago

The Panthers placed Olsen (foot) on injured reserve Wednesday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

As anticipated, Olsen's 2018 season officially comes to an end after he re-injured his surgically repaired right foot in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Buccaneers, with his latest setback being labeled as a ruptured plantar fascia. Olsen is under contract through 2019, but with the foot issues causing him to miss half of the Panthers' regular-season contests over the past two seasons and another surgery on tap, it's possible the 33-year-old walks away from the game. The Panthers will proceed with rookie Ian Thomas as their top pass-catching tight end, with Chris Manhertz and fullback Alex Armah on hand to draw snaps at the position mainly in blocking situations.

IRGreg Olsen
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6 days ago

The Panthers are expected to place Olsen (foot) on IR this week, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per ESPN's David Newton, Olsen indicated that he ruptured the "plantar" in his right foot during Week 13 action. With Olsen sidelined, the profile of fellow tight end Ian Thomas in the Panthers offense is bound to expand, making him an option for those scrambling to replace Olsen on fantasy rosters.

IRGreg Olsen
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1 week ago

Olsen said he ruptured the "plantar" in his right foot during Sunday's 24-17 loss at Tampa Bay, ending his season, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. "It was kind of just a matter of time with this foot," Olsen told Max Henson of the Panthers' official site. "[We] got as much out of it as we could have."

EDGE Analysis

Injuries to his right foot have plagued Olsen for most of the past two seasons. He didn't come close to replicating his production from the previous three seasons -- all of them 1,000-yard efforts -- hauling in 44 of 76 passes for 482 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games between 2017 and 2018. Surgery will be ordered up at the appropriate time, after which a timetable for his recovery should be released.

IRGreg Olsen
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1 week ago

Olsen (foot) won't reenter Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

After limping off the field favoring his right foot, Olsen immediately was taken on a cart to the locker room. He missed 12 games combined the past two seasons due to Jones fractures in that foot, but an official diagnosis ultimately will determine if another absence is in his future.

IRGreg Olsen
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1 week ago

Olsen (foot) was carted to the locker room early in the second quarter of Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen limped off the field favoring his right foot, which has sustained Jones fracture both of the past two seasons. While he's played through the injury this year, he may have aggravated it as the Panthers enter the stretch run. Rookie Ian Thomas and Chris Manhertz are the remaining tight ends on the Panthers roster.

IRGreg Olsen
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2 weeks ago

Olsen (foot) practiced in full Thursday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Since missing three games early in the season due to a Jones fracture in his right foot, Olsen has managed to play 95.2 percent (400 of 420) of the offensive snaps over the last seven games. He hasn't been consistently productive, but the 33-year-old tight end has still put up 24 catches (on 35 targets) for 245 yards and four touchdowns during that stretch. Along the way, Olsen's best game (6-76-1 on six targets) came against the Buccaneers, who just happen to be the Panthers' opponent Sunday.

IRGreg Olsen
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2 weeks ago2 Comments

Olsen (foot) was held out of practice Wednesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen is following his typical routine with maintenance of his right foot in mind. The preceding has allowed him to log 400 of a possible 420 offensive snaps the last seven contests, but he appears to be touchdown-dependent, scoring four times while averaging 3.4 catches (on five targets) for 35 yards per game during that stretch.

IRGreg Olsen
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2 weeks ago

Olsen was held to two catches for 11 yards on four targets in Sunday's 30-27 loss to Seattle.

EDGE Analysis

Even with wide receiver Devin Funchess (back) out, Olsen couldn't get anything going. The veteran tight end is averaging only 20 yards over the past three games, but his four touchdowns in the past six have kept his fantasy value afloat. Luckily for Olsen's owners, he'll have a great opportunity to bounce back in Week 13 against a Tampa Bay defense that's been among the league's most generous to tight ends.

IRGreg Olsen
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3 weeks ago

Olsen (rest/foot) practiced in full Thursday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

After taking a veteran's day off Wednesday, Olsen handled every practice rep presented to him one day later, effectively clearing him for his seventh appearance in a row. In the previous six, he took the field for 342 of 361 snaps on offense (94.7 percent), reaching the end zone in four of those games. His output otherwise has been inconsistent, though, with two outings of less than 10 yards and the other four between 40 and 76 yards.

IRGreg Olsen
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3 weeks ago

Olsen (foot/rest) didn't practice Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Panthers have scaled back Olsen's practice reps to reduce the chance of any complications with his fractured foot. He may still need surgery after the season, but he's been effective while playing through the injury, catching 22 passes for 234 yard and four touchdowns in his past six games. Olsen should be fine for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, a team that's given up three touchdowns to tight ends the past two weeks despite allowing jut 36 catches to the position all season.