Greg Olsen Injury Updates

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) will play against the Cardinals today. He's listed as questionable on the injury report but played -- and produced well -- through this injury last week. Olsen is a locked-in TE1 vs. an Arizona defense that's been shredded by TEs T.J. Hockenson and Mark Andrews so far.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. He played through this injury last Thursday night and practiced all this week. Olsen should be fine for Sunday and is a solid fantasy play vs. an Arizona defense that allowed a 6-131-1 line to T.J. Hockenson in Week 1 and an 8-112-1 to Mark Andrews last week.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen has missed practice on Monday and Tuesday with a back injury. He told reporters that he "plans to play" against the Bucs on Thursday night but seemed to stop short of guaranteeing it. We'll get another update on Olsen tomorrow.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen told reporters Wednesday that he's "been 100% for months" after last year's foot injuries. "I wasn’t and am not restricted at all," he added. Olsen has missed 16 games over the past 2 seasons, breaking his right foot twice and rupturing the plantar fascia in that same foot. Even when he's been on the field, his production has been down. Olsen has averaged 9.2 PPR points in 12 full games over the last 2 years -- a mark that would have ranked 14th among TEs in 2018. We're curious to get a look at him in training camp and the preseason but aren't currently banking on him returning to TE1-level production. The good news is that Olsen is cheap in fantasy drafts, with an ADP in the 13th round. He's a fine shot at that price.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen told reporters after Sunday's loss that he ruptured the plantar fascia in his right foot and expects to miss the rest of the season. This is the same foot that Olsen has broken twice over the past 2 seasons, and he believes the latest injury was a result of trying to compensate for those previous breaks. Olsen's absence will leave Ian Thomas as Carolina's lead pass-catching TE the rest of the way. In the 3 games Olsen missed earlier this year, Thomas totaled 8 catches on 14 targets. He'll be a low-end spot-start option moving forward.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen is out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Bucs with a right foot injury. That's the same foot he's broken twice over the past 2 seasons. Olsen's 2018 campaign might be very well be over. That'd leave rookie Ian Thomas as Carolina's lead TE.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) put in a full practice on Thursday, putting him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Redskins. The dearth of quality options at the position puts Olsen in the TE1 mix, but he's at major risk of re-injury. He's broken the same foot twice over the past 13 months.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that "there is confidence" that Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) will be back for next Sunday's game against the Redskins. That'd be just 5 weeks after he broke his right foot for the 2nd time. Olsen will be a big re-injury risk when he gets back out there. But the dearth of quality TE options will make him a strong option for plenty of fantasy teams.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) is putting off surgery and hoping to return in 4-5 weeks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's an aggressive timetable, especially after Olsen missed 8 weeks with the same injury last year. He figures to be at a high risk of re-injury if he does come back so soon. We'll continue to monitor his progress. Olsen is only worth stashing in leagues with deep benches or an IR spot.

The Panthers announced that TE Greg Olsen re-broke his right foot and is considered "month-to-month," although he surprisingly isn't having surgery. Olsen missed 9 total games with the same injury last year -- 8 to start and then 1 more after aggravating the issue. Expect him to be out at least that long this time around. Olsen is droppable in redraft leagues. His absence leaves 4th-round rookie Ian Thomas as Carolina's primary pass-catching TE. The Indiana product boasts a 91st percentile SPARQ score and posted a 3-37-1 line this preseason. He's worth an add in TE-premium leagues like the FFPC. WR Devin Funchess and RB Christian McCaffrey should also see more targets with Olsen sidelined.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen has been ruled out of Sunday's opener against the Cowboys with a foot injury. He, of course, missed 9 games with a fractured right foot last year. We'll see if this is related (our guess) or a new injury. Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE: The Athletic's Joe Person spotted Olsen on crutches and with a walking boot on his right foot.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is expected to play against the Cowboys, according to The Athletic's Joe Person. Olsen was added to the injury report on Saturday, so he carries a bit more risk in Week 1 fantasy lineups. But he still sits safely inside the top 10 in our Week 1 TE Rankings.

The Panthers on Saturday added TE Greg Olsen to the injury report Saturday, listing him as questionable against the Cowboys with a back injury. We'll certainly be tracking his status Sunday morning. An active Olsen should probably remain in fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Panthers TE Greg Olsen's broken foot is not a season-ending injury. "Figures to be about 6 games," Rapoport tweeted. "IR possible." A trip to IR would cost Olsen at least the next 8 weeks. We'll see what route the Panthers decide to take, but fantasy owners need to be making other plans for the next couple of months. Olsen is droppable in leagues with shallow benches and no IR spot.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen told reporters after Sunday's win over the Bills that he has a broken foot. We should get a timetable for his return sometime over the next 24 hours, but Olsen figures to be sidelined upwards of 8 weeks. He's a candidate for IR-designated-to-return. The injury strips Carolina of its most reliable pass-catcher. Olsen has posted 77+ catches and 1,000+ yards in 3 straight seasons. And he hasn't missed a game since his 2007 rookie year. Ed Dickson will step in as the Panthers' starting TE but won't be much of a fantasy option. Most of Olsen's target figure to go to Kelvin Benjamin, Christian McCaffrey and Devin Funchess.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen left in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Bills with a right foot injury. According to FOX Sports, however, he's expected to return for the 2nd half.

UPDATE: Olsen returned to the sidelines in the 2nd half on crutches and with a boot on that right foot. He's obviously done for the day. We'll update his status when we learn more.

 
 
 

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