Panthers tight end Greg Olsen limped off the field in the first half of Sunday's game against the Bills with what the Panthers called a foot injury.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he won't know how long the 32-year-old tight end will be out until he meets with team physicians on Monday. Committing to a specific timeline to the media puts both Olsen and the team under an obligation to get Olsen back on the field within that timeline.
"X-ray was pretty conclusive", Olsen said. He's Newton's safety blanket, he's a risky weapon in the red zone and he gives the team a steady option down the seam and over the middle in the passing game. "I didn't get it done". And for the undeveloped Panthers, they'll get another week of preparation for another of the league's many bad teams.
REPLACING OLSEN: The Panthers' offense now will have to find a way to fill in for Olsen, who is coming off three straight 1,000-yard seasons. "I think that, with a mixture of us just kind of shooting ourselves in the foot a couple times in the end zone, it created a lack of touchdowns, lack of production in the red zone".
The biggest positive to take away from Week 2 was the Panthers' defense as they controlled the Bills' offense for a majority of the game. "I'm not going to apologize for it". The Panthers face the visiting New Orleans Saints next week.
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"Just the accuracy, and knowing the expectations that I have for myself, missing layups like that is uncalled for", Newton said. Granted, Greg is an extremely key artery for our team, as well as this offense, but Ed is ready to blossom.
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The Panthers are expected to lean more heavily on rookie running back Christian McCaffrey out of the backfield. Dickson had two catches for 26 yards against the Bills.
Olsen said he's disappointed, but trying to stay positive.