The Carolina Panthers look to avoid an 0-2 start when they host the rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight. Ahead of the Thursday Night Football game, they got an important injury update on star tight end Greg Olsen.
According to ESPN reporter Ed Werder, Olsen is expected to play tonight.
Olsen has been dealing with a back injury and was limited to four catches for 36 yards in their Week 1 loss to the Rams.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera reportedly said that the team was “careful” with Olsen in their last two practices. He made it clear that he is not concerned about Olsen heading into the game.
Although officially listed as questionable, #Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is expected to play tonight. Coach Ron Rivera told me they were careful with him in 2 practices. “I have no concern about that,’’ he said.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) September 12, 2019
When healthy, Olsen is a perennial Pro Bowler at tight end. Unfortunately, his health has been a major problem the past two years. He has missed 16 games over the past two years and has been limited to career lows in most categories in that span.
Last year, the Panthers went 7-9, missing the playoffs for the second time in three years. But at 34 years old, Olsen may not have many years left to try and win a Super Bowl. He’ll be making the most of every game this season.
Tonight’s game will be played at 8:20 p.m. EST and will air on NFL Network.