The injury bug has dashed Greg Olsen’s hopes of returning to his best form in 2018.
The Carolina Panthers announced Tuesday in a statement the All-Pro tight end fractured his right foot Sunday in their Week 1 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Olsen missed eight weeks last season due to a similar injury.
“Greg re-fractured his right foot against Dallas,” the Panthers said. “There are no plans for surgery at this time. We will monitor his rehab and evaluate his progress on a monthly basis.”
The Panthers will evaluate Olsen on a month-to-month basis, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo. Ian Rapoport, who also works at NFL Media, reports the Panthers are considering placing Olsen on injured reserve, a move which would rule him out for at least eight weeks.
Olsen, a favorite target of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, enjoyed three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons prior to 2017, earning All-Pro second-team honors in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
His absence creates an opening for rookie tight end Ian Thomas to fill. Thomas caught two passes for 4 yards Sunday in his NFL debut. Wide receivers Devin Funchess and D.J. Moore also might play more prominent roles in the Panthers’ offense.
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