Olsen appeared to step on the foot of a defender as he was working a go route within the first quarter Sunday. He ended up making a 19-yard catch on the play however was visibly distraught as he limped off in ache and did not return.
TE Greg Olsen is out with a foot harm. https://t.co/x4H4fAW6ni
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 9, 2018
Olsen did not converse to the media after the 16-Eight Panthers win, however teammates mentioned he clearly was sad about not simply the harm however the nature of it being the identical troubesome foot.
“He was fairly upset. I really feel dangerous for him,” middle Ryan Kalil mentioned (through Panthers.com). “He works extremely onerous and cares an incredible quantity about doing his job for his staff. It breaks my coronary heart for him. Hopefully he will get some excellent news.”
Fellow tight finish Chris Manhertz mentioned he knew instantly what had occurred when he noticed Olsen come up limping.
“Simply the look in his face, man, he regarded somewhat disenchanted and defeated,” Manhertz mentioned. “It sucks. How would you’re feeling for those who harm the identical foot two instances in a row?
“It’s not one thing I need to get used to.”
Now it seems it will likely be as much as rookie Ian Thomas to be “the subsequent man to step up,” coach Ron Rivera mentioned (through the Charlotte Observer), and fill the void left by Olsen.
Quarterback Cam Newton echoed that thought: “You guys understand how I really feel about Greg, and you may’t ever change him — simply his professionalism that he brings to this sport and his total outlook and IQ and understanding. However in a manner, Ian has been being ready for this second.”
Olsen had been a late addition to the staff’s harm report Saturday with again tightness, however was activated for the sport, as anticipated. He had two catches for 33 yards earlier than leaving.
The Professional Bowl tight finish missed 9 video games final season after having surgical procedure to insert a screw in his damaged proper foot. He appeared on the sideline within the second half Sunday on crutches, with a strolling boot on that very same foot.
Greg Olsen on the sidelines with a boot on his proper foot and crutches. That’s the foot he had surgical procedure on final season pic.twitter.com/VpC5s25Y1j
— Kelsey Riggs (@KelseyRiggsWCNC) September 9, 2018