Greg Olsen once tried to fight my brother-in-law over the wrong pasta order, and he is the subject of this weeks fantasy football injury report.
Until next week, Olsen hadn't missed a game since his rookie season 10 years ago. He suffered what was a described as a "broken foot" and had "successful surgery" to fix it on Monday.
A broken foot can mean many things but most likely refers to a fracture of the fifth metatarsal, otherwise known as a Jones fracture. The outside bone of the midfoot has poor blood supply, and can often fracture without significant trauma as we saw with Olsen. He simply went down after attempting to pivot. The problem with having poor blood supply in the area is that often growth is impeded or inadequate. During surgery, the two bone fragments are better aligned and a screw is placed to hold them together. The screw also helps to stimulate blood supply and healing. Typical recovery time is between 6-8 weeks.
We have seen a similar injury in Julian Edelman, Dez Bryant and Sammy Watkins. Julian and Dez both returned around that 2 month mark, but had to have a second surgery in the offseason. Sammy has come back a few times, had more surgery, and really has never looked the same.
Greg is a tough guy, but he is a big body coming down through that small bone. My impression would be that he will miss at least his allotted time of 2 months. The Panthers have decided to put him on IR, which means he needs to miss a minimum of 8 games. He will most likely play again this season, and I don't think I would drop him in standard leagues. I think long-term, he may need to reinvent himself as a Jason Witten-type as he could lose some of his aerial ability.
It's tough to vouch for a roster spot being taken up, but I always err on the side of preparing for the playoffs. He will most likely be a top-5 TE for the playoff weeks so if you can afford it, I would keep him. Streaming tight ends is tough, but a few guys are available in most leagues that I like. First round pick Evan Engram in New York will continue to get touches. Jesse James in Pittsburgh seems to be one of Big Ben's favorite targets already this season.