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Greg Olsen practicing Wednesday

Dec 3, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) before the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was back at practice Wednesday after missing Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints due to foot soreness, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Olsen left his team’s game against the New York Jets two weeks ago due to pain in his foot. The Panthers said at the time that the injury did not seem too serious and only expected him to miss a week, so it appears that he is right on schedule.

The 32-year-old originally suffered the foot injury back in Week 2 when he broke his foot and underwent surgery. He was placed on the injured reserve list and was activated before Carolina’s Week 12 matchup with the Jets.

Olsen then re-injured the same foot in the first half and left the game.

In three contests overall this season, the Paterson, N.J. native has caught four passes for 38 yards.

He is coming off of three straight Pro Bowl appearances, and last year, Olsen hauled in 80 receptions for 1,073 yards and three touchdowns.

Olsen, who played his college football at the University of Miami, was originally selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round (31st pick overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.

He spent the first four years of his career with the Bears before being traded to the Panthers during the summer of 2011.

Olsen has developed into one of the best tight ends in the league, and he had put together three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons coming into this year.

The Panthers will take on the Minnesota Vikings this weekend.



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