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Panthers vs Vikings Wednesday injury report: Greg Olsen returns to practice and is expected to play on Sunday

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The Panthers hope their star tight end will be back on the field this Sunday in a must-win game against the Vikings.

The Panthers were back on the field today in preparation for their game this Sunday against the Vikings, and several players sat out today’s practice. Mike Adams and Julius Peppers were given a vet day of rest, and Kaelin Clay, Tyler Larsen, Jonathan Stewart and Shaq Thompson all sat out with various injuries.

Larsen is one to keep an eye on this week. With Ryan Kalil still not playing due to a ‘sore neck’ that has sidelined him for nearly every game since Week 2, Larsen has been the team’s starting center. If Kalil still isn’t ready to go and Larsen is unavailable, the Panthers would turn to Greg Van Roten to start. While Van Roten would be an acceptable fill-in, the lack of sufficient depth behind him would be concerning for the Panthers.

The good news from today is Greg Olsen was back on the field. He missed last week’s game in New Orleans after aggravating his recently healed broken foot, but the Panthers are confident he’ll be back for Sunday’s game.

Here’s today’s injury report:

Practice Status

Did not participate in practice

S Mike Adams (rest)

WR Kaelin Clay (shoulder)

C Tyler Larsen (foot)

DE Julius Peppers (rest)

RB Jonathan Stewart (foot)

LB Shaq Thompson (foot)

Limited participation in practice

LB Thomas Davis (hamstring)

C Ryan Kalil (neck)

QB Cam Newton (thumb/shoulder)

Full participation in practice

WR Devin Funchess (shoulder)

RB Christian McCaffrey (shoulder)

TE Greg Olsen (foot)

Practice Status

DNP = Did not participate in practice

LP = Limited participation in practice - Less than 100% of a player's normal repetitions

FP = Full participation in practice - 100% of a player's normal repetitions

(N/A) = Not listed/No practice status available

Game Status

Out = Player will not play

Doubtful = Player unlikely to play

Questionable = Uncertain if player will play

(N/A) = Not listed/No game status available

~ Today’s injury report courtesy of Jourdan Rodrigue