Olsen has been a popular stash player on rosters over the last few weeks with the anticipation of his return this week. And it looks like that will be the case. Be sure to check our rankings and projected points as injured players returning their first week sometimes need a week to get back to form so Olsen may come with some risks.
Reed added in his tweet that plan could change but Rivera likes where Olsen is at to this point and the team is excited to get him back. As we've seen from players returning from injury, they don't always jump right in with fantasy success but Olsen is looking to be ready to go for the fantasy playoffs.
The Panthers have struggled to find an identity on offense this season, which should be as expected since they lost their most consistent player.
But the good news is that they could be getting Greg Olsen back on the field in the next month.
Via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Olsen tested his surgically repaired foot Monday, and the team hopes this is the first step towards a return.
Olsen said he went outside "and moved around a little bit." Olsen is eligible to start practicing now, but the team is going to work him back gradually, the story said. His target date is Nov. 26 against the Jets.
Friday, September 22, 2017, 6:44pm
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) took full practice reps again Friday. Benjamin will play through the knee and rib injuries. He has a great matchup with the Saints and with Greg Olsen out, he may see even more usage in Week 3.
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 6:42pm
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Benjamin should be able to play through the knee and rib injuries. He has a great matchup with the Saints and with Greg Olsen out, he may see even more usage in Week 3.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 7:42pm
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Benjamin should be able to play through the knee and rib injuries. He has a great matchup with the Saints and with Greg Olsen out, he may see even more usage in Week 3.
The three-time Pro Bowl tight end was placed on injured reserve with a broken foot, the Panthers announced.
"He broke the fifth metatarsal on his right foot -- it's called a Jones fracture," Panthers athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion told Max Henson of the team's official site. "He had a screw inserted to repair the fracture."
Olsen can practice again in six weeks and play in eight. McCaffrey could see more targets with the loss of Olsen, and Dickson likely takes over as the team's TE1.
Already in need of help to spruce up their offense, the Carolina Panthers sustained a massive blow on Sunday.
Tight end Greg Olsen told reporters that he broke his foot in the first half of Sunday's 9-3 win over the Buffalo Bills in Carolina. Originally expected to return to the game, Olsen was carted back onto the field to start the second half in a walking boot and crutches -- an ominous sign that foreshadowed the worst-case scenario.
"I broke my foot. It's tough. It sucks," Olsen told reporters via the team's official site.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Olsen is expected to miss about six to eight games and he could be placed on injured reserve. It's not believed to be a season-ending injury.
The story said McCaffrey is a possibility to replace Olsen as a security blanket, but otherwise it's a big blow to this offense which is off to a slow start. Dickson, meanwhile caught 54 balls for 528 yards and five TDs in his second season for a Ravens, but hasn't come close since - he also hasn't really needed to. Dickson did catch a 20-yard pass in Week 2 after Olsen went down, so there is some hope he can at least help to fill the void.
Greg Olsen figures it was a good run that appears over due to a major injury.
X-rays on Sunday revealed the Panthers three-time Pro Bowl tight end suffered a broken right foot in Carolina's 9-3 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and is expected to miss significant playing time.
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Olsen hasn't missed a game in his 10 seasons but that streak looks to be over. Olsen was in a walking boot, and according to the story, "felt something pop." The team wasn't ready to speculate how long Olsen would miss but we'll continue to keep you updated.
With 11 minutes left in the second quarter, Greg Olsen limped off the field with his right shoe in his hand on the way to the locker room.
It was a non-contact injury. Interestingly enough, Olsen was ruled probably to return, however after halftime he was ruled out. It didn't look good when the injury happened, but perhaps the team is just taking precautions. Either way, this will be a big story to monitor this week.
The Panthers rested Cam Newton's throwing shoulder for the second half of practice Sunday, but after a day off Monday, Newton still wasn't throwing at practice Tuesday. Newton had that shoulder surgically repaired this offseason.
“He started warming up this morning and said he still felt a little bit sore,” head coach Ron Rivera said, via the team’s website. “Why push it? Why have him throw with a sore arm and make it worse? It made no sense to have him throw with a sore shoulder.”
Newton being held out of some team drills during Sunday’s practice was part of what Rivera called routine maintenance coming off surgery, and there's no deep concern yet, but the fact that it is still sore after a day off is at least something to monitor closely.
Newton is coming off an injury-plagued 2016, where he finished as QB17 (QB13 in fantasy points per game). That after an MVP 2015 where he was the best quarterback in fantasy football. Any setback from his offseason surgery would be a big blow to not only him but the rest of the weapons in Carolina's offense.
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen wants a contract that he feels has a better ratio of productivity to compensation and he didn’t rule out holding out of training camp in order to press his case, but it looks like that won’t be how things play out in Charlotte.
Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that Olsen plans to report to the start of camp at Wofford University with the rest of his teammates on Tuesday.
Olsen became the first tight end in league history with three straight seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards when he caught 80 passes for 1,073 yards last season. He’s set to make base salaries of $6.5 million in each of the next two seasons.
Eifert doesn’t know when he’ll be cleared to resume regular workouts or work in the May and June camps, but he says he’ll ready for training camp. He isn’t running full steam yet, but he’s been running enough that he feels he’s close to being in tip-top shape.
“I’ll be ready and healthy and strong and be ready to go by the time it’s go time,” Eifert said. “I’m close.”
“It will be nice to have somewhat of an offseason to get ready for the year,” Eifert said. “Instead of coming into camp straight off of injury.”
When Eifert is healthy, well, the numbers say it.
There is that .650 winning percentage and those .54 TDs per game. That’s what eight-time Pro Bowler Antonio Gates has in 204 games. No one is near Rob Gronkowksi’s .77 TDs per game, but consider that Jimmy Graham is at .56, Jordan Reed at .43, one-time Pro Bowl MVP Kyle Rudolph at .36, Greg Olsen at .34, Travis Kelce at .29, 10-time Pro Bowler Jason Witten at .28, and Delanie Walker at .19, and you’re looking at a guy that scores with the best of them.
In 21 games over the last two seasons, Eifert has averaged 3.9 catches for 48 yards and 0.86 TD per game (on 5.8 T/G). That equates to 13.8 PPG (PPR), which is what Travis Kelce averaged last season as fantasy’s #1 tight end. It will be tough for Eifert to maintain that touchdown rate, though he did manage 0.82 TD per game in the 17 games over the last two seasons that A.J. Green also played, which underlines Eifert’s red zone role in the passing game. If his touchdowns regress, he’ll be hard-pressed to make up the difference in receptions or yards, since his targets are low, relatively speaking.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Panthers TE Greg Olsen (elbow, questionable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Olsen should play, but there is nothing on the line, so don’t be surprised if he has a quiet day.
Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm
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