Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was uncharacteristically out of practice on Wednesday with an injury, but coach Ron Rivera is confident he’ll play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Olsen had swelling in his knee following the game and did not practice with the team.
“We’re resting it and we’re trying to keep him off of it so the swelling goes down,” Rivera said. “No concern for him at all.”
In the locker room after practice, Olsen told several teammates that he’d be fine to play Sunday.
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Olsen prides himself on making nearly every practice, and the eighth-year player has 122 consecutive starts dating back to early in the 2007 season. Only Jason Witten of the Cowboys has a longer active streak among tight ends.
Olsen’s 61 receptions this season rank second among NFL tight ends this season. His 778 receiving yards are fourth and his five touchdowns at ninth.
He’s on pace to have 1,037 receiving yards in a season where he’s attempting to make the first Pro Bowl of his career.