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Carolina Panthers’ Greg Olsen stops to help after crash

By JOSEPH PERSON
jperson@charlotteobserver.com

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen assisted at the scene of a traffic accident in south Charlotte on Monday, getting out of his vehicle to wait with an elderly man involved in the wreck until authorities arrived.

Olsen, entering his third season with the Panthers, downplayed his role in the accident at the intersection of Colony and Sharon roads.

“Just was making sure he was OK 'til (the) cops got there,” Olsen said in a text message to the Observer. “Not a big deal.”

Medical personnel responded, but it's unclear whether there were any injuries, according to WCNC-TV.

The incident came a month after Olsen and his wife donated $289,000 through his foundation to Levine Children's Hospital to help families of pediatric heart patients pay for in-home care, physical therapy and speech therapy after they leave the hospital.

The Olsens' son, TJ, was born in October with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition that affects normal blood flow through the heart. He has undergone two of three scheduled surgeries he will require before his third birthday.

ROSTER MOVES: The Panthers made a couple of minor moves Monday, waiving former Clemson offensive lineman Thomas Austin and placing wide receiver Lamont Bryant on the non-football injured list.

Austin played the final four games last season, and started at left guard in Week 17 at New Orleans when Amini Silatolu was out with a wrist injury.

Bryant missed organized team activities and minicamp with a hamstring injury, although Panthers coach Ron Rivera said recently the former Morgan State standout had been cleared for training camp.

Bryant, who signed with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent last year, will continue to count against the 90-man roster and can be activated at any time before final cuts.

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