© Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Olsen placed on IR, ending season

Jason Huber
December 05, 2018 - 8:50 am

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will officially be placed on the Injured Reserve and miss the rest of the 2018 season with a plantar fascia rupture he suffered in Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay. 

Missing nine games in 2017 with a broken bone in his right foot that needed to be surgically repaired, Olsen returned this season but suffered a partial break in the same foot in Week One that caused him to miss three games.

“We got as much out of it as we could have,” Olsen said after the game. “Finally my foot just had enough.”

Olsen became the first tight end ever to record three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in the air, but Olsen hasn't performed to his normal pro-bowl self since his first break. He has 41 catches for 454 total yards and five touchdowns in 14 games since. 

"It’s just tough – to go 10 years and not really have anything and have one little injury now stall me for the good part of two seasons is frustrating,” Olsen told reporters. “I can still play at a high level. It just hasn’t been in the plans.”

Olsen left the game against Tampa on a cart in what was obviously a re-injury to his right foot, but this time it wasn't broken, but a rupture to the plantar fascia that is likely caused by the trauma in his foot the last two years.

“I came out of my stance and I just knew right away what had happened,” Olsen told reporters after the game. “It popped pretty good on me.”

Questions now loom about whether or not Olsen, 33, has played his last game in the NFL.

“I feel like it’s always easy to jump to decisions when you are feeling down or frustrated. We’ll come to that,” Olsen said after the game. “I have to get this foot put back together. It’s been a long time since my foot has been normal.”

Wide receiver Mose Frazier was promoted from the practice squad to fill the open spot on the active roster. 

Comments ()