The Carolina Panthers officially placed starting tight end Greg Olsen on the injured reserve list on Tuesday. Olsen recently underwent surgery after suffering a broken foot during Carolina’s Week 2 game.
This news is relevant to the Eagles because Philadelphia plays the Panthers in four weeks on Thursday Night Football. Olsen being placed on injured reserve means he’ll have to be out for eight weeks at least.
Olsen is one of the better tight ends in the NFL. The 32-year-old veteran has been Carolina’s leader in receiving yards every season dating back to 2012. He’s been a great security blanket for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
The absence of Olsen is especially bad news for a Panthers offense that hasn’t looked great even when he was healthy this season. Carolina only managed to score nine points in Week 2.
The Eagles’ road game against the Panthers will take place in Week 6 on Thursday, Oct. 12.