Carolina Panthers: Greg Olsen out, what happens now?

(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Greg Olsen
(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Greg Olsen /

Carolina Panthers tight end, Greg Olsen, ruled out for a second straight game.

The victim of a vicious hit versus Washington two weeks ago, Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen hasn’t played since being admitted into the concussion protocol. On Friday, it was revealed the veteran would miss his second straight game.

After battling a foot injury over the past two seasons, causing him to miss multiple games, Olsen now adds a concussion to his growing injury list. A long-time reliable target for franchise quarterback Cam Newton, Olsen hadn’t missed any time during his first six seasons with the team.

However, after missing 15 games in the past two years and adding another two-plus this season – the idea Olsen may be looking toward life after football has to be discussed. Already, he’s proven more than capable of entering the broadcast booth, where it’s expected he’ll be an instant favorite of football fans everywhere. Able to analyze plays from a player’s perspective and draw on his own experiences, listening to Olsen dissect games on the fly is both informative and entertaining.

Given the fact that Carolina is already eliminated from playoff contention, it would be hard to argue with Olsen opting to sit out the remainder of this season. One-year remains on his current contract but it wouldn’t be surprising should the Panthers tight end ultimately determine his time in the NFL has come to an end.

Over a decade of service, coupled with a recent coaching change, Olsen has a lot to consider moving forward. Even if he doesn’t return this season, there’s still a chance he comes back next year but it likely may depend on who the Panthers decide to hire this offseason and what becomes of Newton’s future.

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No matter what Olsen decides, it’s safe to assume Panthers fans will be supportive moving forward.