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Greg Olsen expected to play this week, but foot sprain has Jonathan Stewart’s availability in question

Carolina Panthers' Greg Olsen (88) is checked on by training staff while playing against the Atlanta Falcons late in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, December 13, 2015. The Panthers won, 38-0.
Carolina Panthers' Greg Olsen (88) is checked on by training staff while playing against the Atlanta Falcons late in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, December 13, 2015. The Panthers won, 38-0. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Greg Olsen’s consecutive games streak will likely continue this week in New York while Jonathan Stewart’s availability is in question.

Two of the Panthers’ stars suffered injuries in the Atlanta victory last Sunday and were sent for MRIs on Monday.

A source told the Observer on Tuesday that Olsen will be “OK” after injuring his knee in the end zone last Sunday and that he will likely play in 140th consecutive game on Sunday against the Giants. Olsen’s streak is the second-longest active streak among all tight ends behind Dallas’ Jason Witten at 200.

Meanwhile, Stewart’s MRI revealed a slight foot sprain, according to a source.

Stewart was seen Monday in a protective walking boot. A decision on his availability won’t be made until later in the week, but it’s tough to imagine the Panthers (13-0) pushing him to play in Week 15 when they’ve already secured a home playoff game in mid-January.

Carolina has the league’s second-best rushing offense at 141.9 yards per game and Stewart ranks third in the NFL in rushing at 989 yards.

Expect more work at practice this week from Fozzy Whittaker and rookie Cameron Artis-Payne, who so far this year has only played in four games with 12 carries for 31 yards.

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