NFC Notes: Bears, Panthers, Vikings

Bears

Panthers

According to Panthers TE Greg Olsen, he’s “way ahead of the curve” in his return from a foot injury.

“Yeah, I’m way ahead of the curve,” Olsen said, via David Newton of ESPN.com. “Last year at two weeks I was laying in my bed in a cast. I couldn’t do anything.

“I’m way ahead of the curve from that standpoint. It’s just a matter of seeing each week how your foot responds and just try to add a little more, a little more. What that time frame is, we’re optimistic. Hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later.

Vikings

Regarding DE Everson Griffen, who is undergoing a mental health evaluation after a recent incident, Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said they’re just focused on his well being and not football.

“The only thing really we’re concerned about for Everson isn’t anything to do with football. It’s about him getting better,” Zimmer said, per Chris Tomasson. “In the five years I’ve been here I’ve always loved Everson, the effort that he puts out, the work that he does. The chance to count on him in game time. Even in practice, so he’s always been a really, really good model for us and obviously he’s going through some tough times now.’’

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