Panthers TE Greg Olsen out 6-8 weeks after surgery on broken foot, reports say

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen underwent surgery Monday to repair the broken right foot he suffered Sunday against the Bills, according to multiple reports.

ESPN.com reported that the surgery was “not complicated,” but the team is determining how to proceed with regard to placing Olsen on injured reserve.

He limped off the field in the first half of Sunday’s 9-3 victory against the Bills.

Olsen, who has been to three straight Pro Bowls, has been the Panthers’ leading receiver the past four seasons and is the only tight end in NFL history with three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2014-16).

Eighth-year pro Ed Dickson, listed behind Olsen on the Panthers depth chart, had two catches for 26 yards against the Bills.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: After scoring just 23.64 fantasy points in Weeks 1-2 combined, Wilson managed 33.52 on Sunday, which remarkably was the ninth of his 83 career NFL games with at least 30 fantasy points. Wilson was started in 51.7 percent of ESPN leagues, and he’ll carry the hot performance into another favorable matchup against the Colts in Week 4.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks: Now that’s the kind of game we wanted to see from Baldwin, a 26.5 PPR fantasy point effort that represented his 11th with at least 25 in his career, nine of which have occurred since the beginning of the 2015 season. Most notably, he managed a tops-among-all-players (through the 4 p.m. ET game block) 15 targets, despite departing in the fourth quarter with a groin injury. Baldwin’s status should be closely monitored, as he’d be one of the position’s top starters in Weeks 4 (versus Colts) and 5 (at Rams) if he’s good to go for those contests.
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6 reasons you should watch Texans vs. Bengals on ‘Thursday Night Football’

Thursday Night Football games were not fun to watch last season. We were able to get a taste of the week ahead, but all it gave us were players on short rest, bad matchups, and a low-quality product.

We’re still going to see some of that this season. So instead of worrying about the game in its entirety, we’re going to point out things to look for in each matchup to help keep things interesting for you outside of fantasy implications.

The Texans haven’t been able to find a franchise quarterback since their inception in 2002. During the 2017 NFL draft, Bill O’Brien and the Texans decided to try their hand at trading up to No. 12 to draft Deshaun Watson. After the offense couldn’t move the ball with Tom Savage under center against the Jags in Week 1, Bill O’Brien — known to have a quick trigger — pulled Savage from the game for Watson, who was then named the starter for Week 2.

It was so fast that it almost earned the receiver his own private island from Adidas, but Ross’ Nike cleats and the dang fine print left him without some new beachfront property. A spot in the top 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft and a subsequent four-year, $17.1 million contract is a nice consolation, though.

Johnson turned his blazing speed into a strong career — including three trips to the Pro Bowl, six consecutive seasons with 1,000 rushing yards to start his career and a 2,000-yard season in 2009. The Bengals will hope that Ross’ unique speed translates similarly.
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The NFC West is vying with the AFC South to be the NFL’s saddest division

The first two weeks of the season haven’t been kind to the NFC West. Right now, the division looks similar to 2010, when the Seahawks won it with a 7-9 record.

The Seahawks didn’t score a touchdown this season until the fourth quarter in Week 2. Seattle is sitting at 1-1 right now, leading the division by virtue of beating another NFC West team, the 49ers. Otherwise they might still be winless.

I DM’ed Chuck on Tuesday to find out what the scuttlebutt with the Foot Gang is. He seemed confused by my question. So I asked him what he and the other Toe Boys were talking about. That outright offended him. I apologized, then asked what he saw this weekend.

He replied: Lot of [Raiders kicker] Giorgio Tavecchio talk. Kid is good but I worry about some hip stiffness and him falling off to his left too much — could end up missing right if his mechanics get out of whack.

Look at that. Boom. Bust that out at your next cocktail party. Everything you need to know about Giorgio Tavecchio, who was born in Milan, Italy and also has the name of someone my wife would leave me for. Curse you, you handsome, Italian, kicking bastard. CURSE YOU.

Chargers kicker, internet sensation, and my best friend he just doesn’t know it yet Younghoe Koo missed a potential game-tying field goal at the end of Los Angeles’ game against the Broncos when his kick was blocked. Some people argued that Koo was partially to blame, as his kick’s trajectory was low and allowed the Broncos’ Shelby Harris to get his arm on the ball, and those people are idiot monsters who deserve to spend eternity choking on a piece of meat.
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Watt decided the best way to combat this natural disaster was to start a fundraiser.

The first element to think about is, what role did Derby’s illegal block play in these two players going to the ground? Again, hard to say, making the alleged holding foul even more difficult to call.

“So what I do want to do is, I want to start a fundraiser, because I know that these recovery efforts are going to be massive,” Watt said. “I know that there are going to be a whole bunch of people we need to help get back on their feet. I know there’s going to be a lot we need to do to help rebuild.”

Looking back, his initial goal of $200,000 seems small.

By Aug. 30, Watt had raised the goal so many times, he was shooting for $5 million, and surpassed that mark by Wednesday morning. He updated everybody with yet another video on Twitter to share the progress of the fundraiser.

The $20 million mark was incredible. The next morning, Watt received a $5 million check from HEB CEO Charles Butt. He also announced that he was just a couple of hundred thousand dollars short of $27 million, which he announced was reached nearly a half hour later.

Watt’s fund received donations from Ellen DeGeneres, Titans owner Amy Adam Strunk, Chris Paul, Drake, Jimmy Fallon, and a pair of notable Patriots:

Again, an official is going to lay off of that because it just wasn’t big enough to call. It may have had an effect on the allegations of “holding” by King, but no official is going to throw a flag on this.
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What’s been the best performance so far this week?

From the New England Patriots’ thorough bounce-back in the Superdome, to the Denver Broncos’ stunning stifling of Ezekiel Elliott, to the Atlanta Falcons’ prime-time drubbing of the Green Bay Packers to christen their new stadium, Week 2 of the NFL season hasn’t lacked for the dramatic.

What’s been the most surprising result? And which teams off to a 2-0 start look most playoff-ready? Vote below:

Week 2 concludes Monday night when the Detroit Lions visit the New York Giants (8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN) in the Meadowlands and seek their first 2-0 start since 2011.

The Seahawks have scored just one touchdown through two games, but the offense could be getting a spark from rookie running back Chris Carson, who has seemingly taken over the top spot. Carson is averaging 2.6 yards per rush after contact this season, second best in the NFL.

Some might argue that two wins over the dregs of Ohio are nothing to write home about, but eight interceptions, eight sacks and 10 points allowed certainly are. Only the 2006 Ravens allowed fewer points in the franchise’s first two games of the season (six).

Jameis Winston didn’t turn over the ball in Tampa Bay’s opening game, which marked the first time in his three-year career that he didn’t turn it over in the season opener. The Bucs have 15 straight games ahead, but if turnovers are limited, there’s no reason they can’t make a run at the playoffs.
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