Greg Olsen Misses Thursday’s Panthers Practice to be With His Son T.J.

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen missed Thursday’s practice to be with his son T.J., who’s recovering from his third open-heart surgery.

Olsen did walk into practice, only to leave shortly after he arrived. Because it’s a family issue, head coach Ron Rivera didn’t want to share many details, but the sense is it was something planned more than anything that was an emergency.

“He’ll be fine,” Rivera said when asked about Olsen’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Lions. “The way Greg explained everything to me, he’ll be back here tomorrow ready to roll.”

T.J. Olsen, who was born in 2012 with a congenital heart defect, underwent his third and final scheduled surgery last month. It went well, but it wasn’t the final step in the process.

“We’re very fortunate and blessed that he’s responded how he has. We just have to hope to keep him on this track, and if that’s the case, we should be in pretty good shape,” Greg Olsen said earlier this month.

“It’s been a long two years of preparing for this, and we’re pretty excited that hopefully it’s almost over.”

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