The NFL is seemingly on a never-ending quest to fix overtime, tweaking and revamping the rules every so often in an attempt to please everybody. After two games ended in ties last year, it seemed inevitable that we’d see another rule change, and the league delivered.
Starting in the 2017 season, overtime periods are now just 10 minutes long, compared to the normal 15-minute quarters in regulation. The main reason for Tim Williams Womens Jersey this, at least according to the competition committee, was to reduce game times for the players’ safety.
The new rules didn’t come into play in Week 1 with all Authentic Clark Gillies Jersey 15 games ending in regulation, but got their first run in Week 2 when the Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts needed extra time to break a 13-13 tie.
“It’s tough for something like that to just happen,” Olsen said after the game. “Obviously it sucks, but I’ve been very lucky in my career to not get injured a lot. This is something that obviously will take a little bit of time, but sometimes that’s just a part the game.”
Why does this injury matter?
The Panthers are going to miss Olsen’s presence on the field. Olsen, a three-time Pro Bowler, is Cam Newton’s go-to target on third down and in the red zone. He can line up in the slot, out wide, and line up along the offensive line to block. Olsen is an all-around tight end who can do anything on the field.
Now, the Panthers will have to depend on Ed Dickson to step in for Olsen. Dickson, 30, isn’t a prolific tight end like Olsen, but he can occasionally make plays in the passing game and block. Dickson has 150 catches, 1,574 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns in his career.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera thinks that Dickson can help fill the void:
Rivera says that in Olsen’s absence, one of the worst things offense could do would be to try to change up everything. Has faith in Dickson.