Panthers’ Greg refractured right foot

Cam Newton will be without his favorite target for a long stretch once again.

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen re-fractured his right foot, the team announced Tuesday. Olsen will avoid surgery at this time and will be evaluated on a month-to-month basis.

The 33-year-old tight end exited the Panthers’ Week 1 victory over the Dallas Cowboys early after injuring the foot. He was seen in a walking boot and on crutches after the game.

The right foot is the same one Olsen had surgically repaired last season, which cost the tight end eight weeks. After three straight 1,000-yard seasons, the 12-year pro has seen the last two years derailed by injuries.

Rookie Ian Thomas is expected to start in place of the veteran. Olsen’s absence will also put the onus on the Panthers receivers to step up. Devin Funchess played a bigger role last season when Olsen was out. Rookie D.J. Moore could also see his playing time increase moving forward.

Olsen’s injury wasn’t the only bad news for the Panthers’ offense. The team also announced that offensive tackle Daryl Williams will undergo knee surgery after exiting Sunday’s game with an injury. The news is a big blow to an offensive line that has been dealing with injury issues all summer.

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Olsen’s injury wasn’t the only bad news for the Panthers’ offense. The team also announced that offensive tackle Daryl Williams will undergo knee surgery after exiting Sunday’s game with an injury. The news is a big blow to an offensive line that has been dealing with injury issues all summer.

When Olsen returned from injury last season, he had mixed results. He had nine catches for 116 yards and a touchdown in a win against the Packers and eight catches for 107 yards and a score in the wild card playoff loss to the Saints. However, in games against the Buccaneers and Falcons to close the regular season, he combined for four catches and 37 yards. The three-time Pro Bowler is in his 12th NFL season.

The Panthers are 1-0 and face the Falcons in Atlanta in Week 2.

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