Panthers TE Greg Olsen is in the concussion protocol and has not practiced yet this week.
Olsen suffered a big hit during Sunday’s loss to the Redskins and is looking unlikely to play Sunday in Atlanta. This would give Ian Thomas another chance to run as the starter, like he did last season during Olsen’s foot injury. Thomas was inconsistent during his time as the starter last season but did show flashes of upside. He’s a good pass-catcher and can be a good option in the middle of the field while teams key in on D.J. Moore. Check Friday’s report for the official word but start eyeing Thomas as a potential play in DFS leagues and a deep option, but not a highly recommended one, in the fantasy playoffs.