Panthers TE Greg Olsen hopes to keep playing despite foot troubles

Panthers TE Greg Olsen hopes to keep playing despite foot troubles

Greg Olsen said he wants to keep playing in the NFL despite the trouble his foot has given him the past two seasons.

The Panthers tight end told reporters Wednesday that he wants to keep playing and that last week’s surgery to repair his foot will keep him from further foot injuries.

However, Olsen admitted that any other factors aside from recovery play into what will happen with his career.

“I still feel that I can play at a high level,” Olsen said. “Obviously I said this before the season, too, and it didn’t exactly work out. … It’s been a frustrating two years, there’s no question about it. We got to see. There’s a lot of other people that have a lot of say in that … What they feel my future is here, what other opportunities present themselves, it’s hard to say.”

Olsen ruptured his plantar fascia in Week 13’s loss to the Buccaneers. He underwent surgery last week to repair the injury, which is the third issue with that foot in two seasons.

He’s missed 16 games in 2017 and 2018 due to breaking the foot twice on top rupturing his plantar fascia. Olsen said Wednesday the recover time after the surgery will be 3-4 months.

It was a tough blow for the Panthers, who started the season on a high with a 6-2 record, then ended on a six-game losing streak. Their season will end on Sunday with a road game against the Saints.

“This year was a huge disappointment. I don’t think anyone would say otherwise,” Olsen said. “But to think we would get better by making rash changes — I think that’s the easy thing. Everyone always thinks the grass is greener. That’s sports.”

There has been questions on whether Olsen, who will be 34 at the start of next season, will be able to get back to his prime form, but coach Ron Rivera said last week he fully expects Olsen to be ready for 2019.