Carolina Panthers’ tight end Greg Olsen will miss extensive time due to a foot fracture he suffered during Sunday’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, his second foot fracture in the past two seasons, according to a team announcement.
Olsen will be evaluated on a monthly basis and there are currently no plans for the veteran to undergo surgery. Olsen missed 9 games last season with a fracture to the same foot.
With Olsen on the shelf, the Panthers’ decision to let Ed Dickson walk in free agency looms larger as they only have rookie Ian Thomas and Chris Manhertz in position to fill in as Olsen recovers from injury.
Panthers Not Re-Signing Thomas Davis
Carolina Panthers veteran linebacker Thomas Davis isn’t going to be returning to the team in 2019.
Davis, 35, has played his entire career in Carolina and intends on continuing his playing career, but he announced that the Panthers have informed him that they are not going to bring him back, planning to move in a “different direction” next season.
Panthers’ Thomas Davis Uncertain About Future
Carolina Panthers veteran linebacker Thomas Davis is uncertain about his future with the only team he has ever played for, the Panthers.
Davis has spent his entire 14-year career in Carolina and with free agency approaching , he isn’t sure if he will be back with the Panthers in 2019.
“If it’s up to me, it’s not,” Davis said, according to Max Henson of the Panthers’ official website.
“It’s extremely tough having that uncertainty, not really knowing what’s going to happen in the future. But at the same time, it’s out of my control, so it’s not something I can really dwell on. It’s all about going out and playing hard and competing for my teammates.”
Davis, who has contemplated retirement before, expressed his loyalty to the Panthers franchise.
“Man, I only want to wear these colors. I’ve expressed that over and over,” Davis said. “But at the same time, you know I don’t want to be put into a situation where I’m forced to walk away too early. We’ll see what happens.”
Panthers Place Shaq Thompson On IR
The Carolina Panthers have placed linebacker Shaq Thompson on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, which will sideline him for the remainder of the season.
Carolina made a similar decision in regards to quarterback Cam Newton, who they shut down for the season as well, due to a shoulder injury.
Thompson, 24, has enjoyed his best statistical season to date, collecting 3.5 sacks and 79 total tackles for Carolina this season.
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