CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Sunday's 9-3 win for the Carolina Panthers over the Buffalo Bills was bittersweet as tight end Greg Olsen suffered a broken foot during the first quarter of the game.
The team announced on Tuesday that Olsen has been placed on injured reserve and fullback Alex Armah has been signed to the active roster from the practice squad.
The Panthers were one of the few teams around the NFL that made it through training camp and preseason without any major injuries to one of their star players. Unfortunately, that good fortune caught up to them. Olsen suffered a foot injury during the first half of game and could later be seen on the sideline in a boot during the second half. Olsen has never missed a game due to injury.
Olsen told reporters after the game that he simply "felt something pop" when he put his foot down and knew something wasn't right.
"I haven't missed a game in a long time, so on one hand it sucks, but on one hand I am very thankful that I have been as lucky as I have been," said Olsen, who was in a boot after the game.
Olsen had started 81 consecutive games, which had ben the second most by active tight ends. Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera confirmed Olsen's injury Monday and says he's not yet sure if Olsen stays on the roster or goes on the injured reserve.
"After we talk to the doctors and to RV, we'll have a better sense to the amount of time," Rivera said.
Olsen is the first NFL tight end to post three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons.