The Carolina Panthers will reach the midpoint of the regular season next week – and could have their Pro Bowl tight end back on the practice field.

Greg Olsen says he expects to test his surgically repaired foot on the field next week, when he’s eligible to resume practicing after going on injured reserve with a broken right foot in Week 3.

Olsen, the only tight end in NFL history with three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, is out of the protective boot and has been running on an underwater treadmill. He’s eager to see how his foot responds to football activities.