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Carolina Panthers: Greg Olsen Returns to the Practice Field

The Carolina Panthers got a familiar face back on the practice field this week with tight end Greg Olsen returning from a back injury.

The Carolina Panthers had to be happy to see tight end Greg Olsen back on the practice field as he has been dealing with back spasms recently. The Panthers' tight end didn't even travel with the team and missed their second preseason game due to the injury.

After practice on Tuesday, Ron Rivera said: "This is something we want to be smart about. We just brought him along gradually and he isn't a young player. He is in his 10th season and we need to be smart with guys like that."

Olsen has been one of Cam Newton's favorite targets the past few seasons with 458 targets the past four seasons and had over 1,000 receiving yards each of the past two seasons. 

The veteran tight end has proven to be one of the most durable tight ends in the NFL, playing in 142 out of 144 regular season games. He has not missed any games since his rookie season, a streak of eight straight years without a missed game.

Even though Olsen has returned to practice, the coaching staff may err on the side of caution and keep him out of Friday's game against the New England Patriots. He is a veteran who has spent a number of years in this offense and it is hard to imagine there would be much gained with him on the field if he is not completely healthy.

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