EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Greg Olsen made his long-awaited return Sunday against the Jets, but his day ended early.
The Pro Bowl tight end experienced soreness in his surgically repaired foot and he shut it down early in the second half.
"I felt good. Just got a little sore there, a little flared up," Olsen said. "I went back out and played a little bit, and then we just thought it would be best to live to play another day."
Olsen, who finished with one catch for 10 yards on four targets, unofficially played 21 of 39 snaps through the first drive of the third quarter. He was on the field for one play on that series before calling it a day.
While disappointed, Olsen downplayed the idea this could be a significant setback, and head coach Ron Rivera echoed that sentiment. Olsen went into Sunday's game figuring this would be a gradual process to get back to full speed.
"I think I'll be alright. We'll regroup tomorrow and see where we're at," Olsen said. "Just wasn't quite where we needed it to be to play in the NFL. Hopefully it's better next week."
Images from Carolina's Week 12 victory at New York.