Greg Olsen injury: Panthers TE in walking boot, according to report

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers tight end was in a protective boot on Monday.

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen had limited opportunities in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and an injury could be the reason. Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports that Olsen was seen in a walking boot Monday.

Olsen is the Panthers' top receiver in 2013 as the team has struggled to protect quarterback Cam Newton. An inability to develop long passing routes has led to 273 receiving yards for the tight end, on pace for a career-high 1,092 yards on the season.

There has been no official update on Olsen's injury status at this time, but the Panthers have no reliable tight end behind the seven-year veteran. Ben Hartsock is listed as the team's backup, but primarily plays on running downs as an in-line blocking tight end, while undrafted free agent Brandon Williams is the team's third option -- but he has been inactive for much of the season.

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