Bears TE Olsen Sprains Knee, Likely to Miss Opener


Update/Impact: The Bears nearly came out of the preseason injury- free, but in the second quarter of their preseason finale against the Browns, first round draft pick Greg Olsen came up limping after being tackled by Browns LB Clifton Smith. Olsen, a former member from the “U” (Miami Hurricanes), made nine catches for 75 yards in four games this preseason. The 6-foot 6, 252 pound TE, with a blazing 40 time of 4.5, is expected to give the Bears some much-needed explosiveness, to add to the passing game, as well as an added safety valve for QB Rex Grossman.

Prognosis/Effect: The injury was initially called a bruise and is now being called a sprain by Bears staff. Olsen is scheduled to undergo an MRI today. If it is a sprain, and nothing more serious, the loss could be 1-3 weeks.
I am always skeptical when I hear “sprain” because that is just a “nice” sounding term for Tear. Let’s hope it is nothing more than a “tweak” and that we will see Olsen as early as Week 1, in San Diego September 9th, for the showdown that may be destined for a spot on ESPN Classics, giving us a taste for a possible Super Bowl Preview.

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