It doesn't look like the back injury that caused him to miss a preseason game will pose any threat to his streak.
"If it had been the regular season, I think I could have made it happen last weekend," Olsen said. "But there was no need to do that, and there's no real concern going forward."
Olsen spoke about the injury Tuesday, when he returned to limited participation in practice after missing more than a week with a back injury. There's no guarantee that Olsen will suit up when the Panthers host the New England Patriots on Friday in the all-important third preseason game, but there's no noteworthy concern, either. Looks like he'll be ready to go Week 1.
Backup Ed Dickson also was out Thursday with an injury, so the tight ends today could be Scott Simonson, Beau Sandland, and Braxton Deaver. The staff has been looking for a third tight end to step up as an all-around player as Olsen has been, so this could be the best opportunity for one to separate from the pack -- if Simonson hasn’t already done that, the story said.
Olsen has back-to-back top 5 finishes in both formats, and hasn’t missed a game in eight seasons, so he’s one of the safest options available at his position. The back spasm is worth monitoring, however.
Monday, August 15, 2016, 4:40pm
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 10:35am
By posting 1,104 receiving yards in 2015, Greg Olsen became just the seventh tight end in NFL history to record 1,000 yards in back-to-back years.
If he surpasses 1,000 in 2016, he’ll be the first tight end to ever do it three years in a row. It all goes to show just how good Olsen has been for Carolina. He never comes off the field and has a knack for coming through when quarterback Cam Newton needs him most.
Olsen certainly has a shot at 1,000 yard this year, and either way he's a top-three fantasy tight end in our rankings. The return of WR Kelvin Benjamin could certainly eat into Olsen's yardage totals this year.
"That is always the million dollar problem — you can have a lot of good players but not everybody is not necessarily willing to accept where they fit into the team aspect of offense," Olsen said. "But Kelvin is the rare guy who can be a No. 1 talent, but still understands how he fits into the big picture. Anytime you can more add guys like that to a team, you can't help but improve."
Benjamin has no pretenses about returning to be the team's dominant No. 1 receiver.
"Hey, I just want to come in and be a part of it," Benjamin said Tuesday at OTAs.
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 15. Olsen should play in Week 15 against the G-Men. The Giants are #22 in TE aFPA, so Olsen only trails Rob Gronkowski in our tight end rankings.
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:21pm
Tight end Greg Olsen had an MRI on his knee Monday and Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that he’s expected to play this week.
QB Cam Newton, tight end Greg Olsen and running back Jonathan Stewart — the Panthers three offensive stalwarts — all had injury scares. Olsen injured his left knee and Stewart his left ankle, prompting Rivera to sit both for the entire second half with the Panthers leading 28-0. They were set to undergo "precautionary MRIs" on Monday, but HC Ron Rivera said after the game both could have gone back in.
Newton banged his funny bone, causing his hand to go numb briefly, but returned after sitting out one play and later threw his third touchdown pass of the game.
The Panthers still need to clinch home field advantage and according to the article, the team plans to play their starters this week to try and wrap things up. It appears Olsen and Stewart will be good to go. But then, it will become a battle between going for a perfect season or resting players down the stretch.
Initial tests did not reveal damage to Olsen's ACL.
Stewart rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in the first half.
Reports on Olsen say he should be fine. Stewart was questionable to return but with a big lead there wasn't a good chance the Panthers were going to bring either player back. The Panthers have now clinched a first round bye which means there isn't a big need to rush guys like Olsen and Stewart back on the field over the next few weeks. It's a situation to monitor for fantasy owners as all that's left for the Panthers is clinching home field advantage.
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:33pm
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