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Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen, RB Jonathan Stewart having MRIs

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) is checked by training staff on Sunday after injuring his knee against the Atlanta Falcons late in the second quarter. Olsen didn’t return, and Monday had what was described as a precautionary MRI.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) is checked by training staff on Sunday after injuring his knee against the Atlanta Falcons late in the second quarter. Olsen didn’t return, and Monday had what was described as a precautionary MRI. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said after Sunday’s 38-0 victory over Atlanta that tight end Greg Olsen and running back Jonathan Stewart were fine after separate injuries.

But on Monday, Rivera said the two went to get MRIs as a precaution to understand the full extent of their injuries.

The results of the MRIs are unclear, but Stewart, who injured his ankle, was seen in a protective walking boot in the parking lot by a reporter.

Rivera said after the game that Olsen (knee) could have gone back in the game but decided to hold him out after halftime.

“You can’t play scared,” Rivera said of the balance of resting players. “We’re going to approach it one game at a time and we’ll take that game as it approaches and how things apply. We’ll see how it is.

“As far as we’re concerned, this week is important. We’d love to have homefield all the way through.”

The Panthers could secure homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win against the Giants and an Arizona loss.

Rookie linebacker David Mayo (hamstring) and defensive back Colin Jones (groin) were also injured. Rivera said cornerback Cortland Finnegan suffered from cramps late in the game but should be at practice Wednesday.

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