Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is excited to check another stadium off his list Sunday – and check out how his surgically repaired foot holds up on the artificial surface at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After three consecutive games on the natural grass at Bank of America Stadium, Olsen will play and the Panthers will face the Falcons on the artificial turf at their new $1.5 billion home. Olsen aggravated his foot against the Jets after coming off injured reserve in November and sat out the following week in New Orleans. Both of those games were on artificial surfaces, which Olsen says exacerbated the pain in his foot. Nearly a month later, Olsen says his foot feels better and he’s ready to test it on the turf again. “I’ve felt better each week the past couple weeks. At this point in the season, chances are our playoffs are going to take us through turf,” Olsen said this week. “A bunch of indoor stadiums have made the fold here, obviously this week and New Orleans and Minnesota. It kind of is what it is at this point. We’ll just hope for the best.” The Panthers have had other injury issues on artificial turf this year, particularly at New England’s Gillette Stadium. Backup safety Demetrious Cox blamed the soft surface in Foxborough for a sprained ankle that ultimately landed Cox on injured reserve.
Panthers’ Greg Olsen ready to test foot on Falcons’ artificial surface
Charlotte Observer | Dec 29