Blackmon added that Olsen had “no setbacks” this week, making it clear he was ready to return.
Last week, Ian Rapoport reported that there is “confidence” that Olsen would be able to return for Sunday’s game against the Redskins with a good week of practice.
Back in September, Olsen said that he was “hoping to return in four to five weeks” after re-breaking the bone in his foot that he injured last year, so it appears he was on track with his recovery.
Olsen, 33, is a former first-round pick of the Bears back in 2007. He played four years for Chicago before he was traded to the Panthers in 2011.
Olsen was in the final year of a four-year, $27.75 million contract and is set to make a base salary of $6.5 million for the 2018 season when he agreed to a two-year extension worth $8.55 million back in April.
In 2017, Olsen appeared seven games for the Panthers and caught 17 passes for 191 yards receiving and one touchdown.