CHARLOTTE – Tight end Greg Olsen has been placed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery on Monday to repair his broken right foot.
"He broke the fifth metatarsal on his right foot – it's called a Jones fracture," head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. "He had a screw inserted to repair the fracture."
Olsen is eligible to return to game action after he spends eight weeks on IR, and he can return to practice six weeks from today. Teams are now permitted to bring two players back from IR during the course of the season.
The Pro Bowl tight end suffered the injury in the second quarter of Sunday's win over Buffalo. Olsen was trying to cut when he said he "felt something" happen to his foot.
The 11-year veteran hasn't missed a game since his rookie season.
"The only thing that he has to do now is heal," Vermillion said. "I know Greg will be around and he'll be involved. He's a team guy. He'll try to do everything he can to help this team continue to win."
Rookie fullback Alex Armah was promoted from the practice squad to take Olsen's spot on the active roster. Wide receiver Keyarris Garrett was then brought back to fill the opening on the practice squad.