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Carolina Panthers will once again have to figure out the best way to replace the injured Greg Olsen.
The three-time Pro Bowl tight end injured his right foot in the first half of Carolina’s 16-8 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and spent
the second half looking on from the sideline on crutches with his foot in a boot. It’s the same foot Olsen fractured in Week 2 last year. That
injury kept him out of nine games and ended his streak of three straight 1,000-yard seasons.
Olsen was not available for comment after the game and coach Ron Rivera said he didn’t know the extent of the injury.
Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said the team should know more on Monday, but Olsen’s teammates made it sound like the 33-year-old won’t be
returning anytime soon.
Panthers center Ryan Kalil said Olsen was “pretty upset” after the game.
“I feel bad for him,” Kalil said. “He works incredibly hard, he cares a vast amount. He does a nice job, and he was out doing his job for his
team, and it breaks my heart for him. Hopefully he gets some good news.”
The Panthers will likely turn to rookie Ian Thomas as their starting tight end, although Cam Newton suggested the front office might need to make a
roster move to add a tight end.
“You guys know how I feel about Greg, you can’t ever replace him, his professionalism that he brings to the game, his overall outlook, his IQ, his
understanding,” Newton said.
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season and finished with a franchise rookie record 80 receptions.
The Panthers also lost right tackle Daryl Williams to a knee injury, although the severity is not known.
Things we learned from Carolina’s win over Dallas:
KICKING TALK: Cowboys fans still angry about the team’s decision to release Dan Bailey, the NFL’s second-most accurate field goal kicker in
history, will have more ammunition this week.
Replacement Brett Maher missed his only field goal attempt from 47 yards wide to the right. It came late in the third period with Dallas trailing
Intermittent rain made for a sloppy field at Bank of America Stadium on a windy afternoon, conditions Maher brushed off.
“I know what my job is,” Maher said. “My role on this team is to go out there and when I get a chance, put points on the board. I didn’t do
REPLACING GREGORY: Randy Gregory’s return to football didn’t last long.
The Cowboys defensive end, who missed the 2017 season because of multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, left the game in the
first half with a concussion. The league could reportedly rule on another possible substance-abuse related suspension as early as this week.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he had no comment on those reports.
CHASING HIM DOWN: The fact that the Panthers sacked Dak Prescott six times bodes well for the Carolina defense, given he’s an elusive
“We know he’s a scrambling quarterback and we know he likes to get out of the pocket,” Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson said. “There were
some times he got out and escaped but overall, the D-line did a phenomenal job keeping him in the pocket.”
Prescott finished 19 of 29 for 170 yards, but just a 8.9-yard average and two completions of more than 15 yards.
McCAFFREY’S TOUCHES: Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in ideal world McCaffrey would touch the ball “25-30 times per game” this season. But the
versatile second-year back only got his hands on the football 16 times for 95 yards on Sunday.
McCaffrey rushed 10 times for 50 yards, with a long of 15 Youth Courtland Sutton Jersey , and caught six passes for 45 yards. Newton targeted him a total of nine times in the passing
McCaffrey’s first carry, from the Dallas 5 in the first quarter and with the game still scoreless, resulted in a fumble that was recovered by
Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.
“It can’t happen, but it’s football,” McCaffrey said.
FULLBACK WEAPON: The Panthers might have a new goal line weapon in fullback Alex Armah, who scored on a 1-yard plunge on his first NFL carry.
Armah’s number was called after C.J. Anderson’s 9-yard run to within two feet of the goal line. The second-year pro out of Division II West
Georgia said he wasn’t surprised to get the carry in his 10th career game.
“I was just ready,” said Armah, who primarily played special teams a year ago. “I wasn’t too nervous because we practice it during the week.
We go over it, so I really just tried to get into the end zone.”
Once he did, Armah chose not to give the ball away despite Newton’s pleading with him. He wanted to keep it to mark the milestone.
“I don’t blame him,” Rivera said.
While Travis Frederick has no idea when his football career will resume, the Dallas Cowboys center is just relieved that he found out what was wrong
when he was diagnosed with a nerve disorder.
The four-time Pro Bowler doesn't want to say that his presence on the active roster, rather than injured reserve, means he could come back sooner
than the eight weeks required by an IR designation.
Frederick is getting treated for Guillain-Barre syndrome Kerryon Johnson Jersey , an auto-immune disease that attacks nerves and leads to weakness in various parts of the body.
"I wish I was lying to you by telling you that," Frederick said Thursday in his first meeting with reporters since the diagnosis. "I have some of
the best doctors in the business working on this and they can't even begin to predict how this is going to work. It really is a week-by-week
Frederick's streak of starting all 83 games, including three playoff games, in his five seasons with the Cowboys will end Sunday. Dallas plays at
The 27-year-old reiterated that his chances of a quick recovery improved when the disease was caught early. Frederick was diagnosed about 2陆 weeks
ago and immediately underwent treatment.
The 2016 All-Pro said doctors believe he has a type of Guillain-Barre that allows for complete recovery and a slightly increased risk of getting the
With doctors catching the condition early, Frederick said he is likely to avoid extreme symptoms such as temporary paralysis and difficulties with
breathing and body control.
Frederick said he experienced numbness in both feet and hands and in one of his arms. He still says he's dealing with numbness in both arms.
"I was very relieved to finally have an idea of what it was that was going on, because I was having some weird symptoms," Frederick said. "I got
treatment and things started to improve. That helped relieve some of that uneasiness there.
"It's hard looking forward not knowing what's coming as far as a recovery standpoint, when I can come back. But knowing that I will get back to 100
percent at some point is certainly relieving."
Frederick said he has been cleared for some work in the weight room and has been "retraining the body to make sure I can do the movements that I
previously have been able to do."
He has also stayed around his teammates, traveling to the final preseason game in Houston and planning to do the same for the opener.
"His involvement with our team is a reflection on the kind of guy he is," coach Jason Garrett said. "He's part of the meetings. He's out there at
the walkthroughs. He's doing everything he can to get himself back, but he's really contributing to our team as he's in that process."
Frederick, who has a wife and two children, says he can handle many of the daily functions in life. Blocking 300-pound defensive linemen is another
matter. And that's where his case differs from rehabbing a more traditional football injury.
"When you're injured, you try and get past it Antti Niemi Jersey ," he said. "This is something I can't just will my way through. It's a matter of the nerves not
conducting properly and not working correctly. It's going to require some patience."
Frederick first felt sensations that football players associate with neck injuries, or stingers, while the Cowboys were at training camp in
A doctor in the Los Angeles area cleared him of neck issues, and Frederick told reporters it looked like he would be OK. As the feelings persisted and
his neck still checked out fine structurally, Frederick wondered what else could be wrong.
Now that he has the answer, he waits. And six-year veteran Joe Looney will be the first person other than Frederick to start at center for the Cowboys
since the 2012 finale.
"He's very upbeat and positive," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. "You can tell he feels good about his road to recovery. In his role
now, it's helping getting Joe ready and getting those O-linemen tuned in."
NOTES: Backup G Parker Ehinger, recently acquired from Kansas City in a trade, injured a knee and couldn't finish practice Wednesday. The Cowboys
worked out free agent Xavier Su'a-Filo, a former starter in Houston. ... CB Chidobe Awuzie was limited for the second straight day because of
tightness in his back.
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