Carolina Panthers tight end, Greg Olsen, is out for the rest of the season with a ruptured plantar fascia in his right foot.
Olsen suffered the injury this past Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had to be carted off the field during the first half of the game. It was then later revealed towards the end of the game, that Olsen will miss the rest of the season with the injury.
Depending on how bad the tear is, that will determine whether or not Olsen will miss additional time due to surgery. The typical recovery time without surgery is usually between eight to twelve weeks.
Different injury for Greg Olsen, though stems from compensating for hurt foot. He is understandably emotional. pic.twitter.com/Iuir7Xx26g— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) December 2, 2018
Olsen's right foot has been a huge problem over the last two seasons. The 33-year-old missed nine games last season following a Jones fracture. For those of you asking what type of fracture that is, we'll fill you in.
A Jones fracture is a very tiny break in the corner of your foot. It usually takes six to eight weeks to recover from. The recovery time is this long because in that part of the foot there's less blood flow, which leads to difficulties in healing.
Earlier this year, Olsen re-fractured his foot and missed four games due to it. He will likely be back at full-health next summer when training camp begins.
Like Olsen, his Panthers' playoff hopes are finished. Following their loss against the Buccaneers, they own a record of 6-6. The Panthers only sit a game out of the second Wild Card spot. But, they have one of the toughest remaining schedules in the NFC.
The Panthers have two remaining games against one of the top teams in the NFC, the New Orleans Saints. Their next game also comes on the road against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday. Even though the Browns own a record of 4-7-1, they will be a tough match up because the Panthers are 1-5 on the road this season.
So, in combination with their record and with Olsen injured for the rest of the season, the Panthers appear to be finished for this season. They will need to look towards building for next season when Olsen will be back from injury.
WHAT THIS MEANS
The Panthers passing game won't be the same without Olsen. Which is one of the reasons why they don't have a shot at making it back into a playoff spot. He has been a key contributor this season along with star running back, Christian McCaffrey.
In order for the Panthers to be successful next season, they will need Olsen to be back to full-health and for him to stay that way. Olsen will be turning 34-years-old next March, so he should have a couple of seasons left in him before the injuries catch up to him and he's forced to retire.