SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Lindsay H. Jones breaks down the three matchups that each NFL fan ought to ensure that to observe this weekend.

Carolina Panthers tight finish Greg Olsen (88) seems on from the sidelines in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons through the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium.(Photo: Jim Dedmon, USA TODAY Sports)

Before Greg Olsen returns to the sphere for the primary time since struggling a damaged foot in September, the Carolina Panthers tight finish goes to spend Sunday in a Fox broadcast sales space, offering shade commentary for the sport between the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams.

Olsen advised USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday there was by no means any intention to achieve pregame entry to both crew, together with attending apply or manufacturing conferences. NFL Network reported that Vikings normal supervisor Rick Spielman requested Fox to rebadign Olsen, who might return to motion by a Week 14 matchup in opposition to Minnesota, however the request was denied.

“From the beginning we had no false notions that I would be in production meetings, meeting with players or coaches. We never would,” Olsen stated. “I understand where everyone is coming from, but these are things we thought through.”

Instead, Olsen is getting ready for his debut within the broadcast sales space by finding out movie, very like he would do if he had been taking part in the Vikings or Rams. He spoke final summer season to Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-broadcaster Troy Aikman about calling video games, and has spoken this week to Fox’s Kevin Harlan and Charles Davis, whom he’ll be part of within the sales space.

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As quickly as that sport in Minnesota is over, Olsen will return to Charlotte, the place he expects to return to apply along with his Panthers teammates on Monday. Olsen is anticipated to be activated off injured reserve in time for Carolina’s sport in opposition to the New York Jets on Nov. 26. He has not performed since breaking his foot in Week 2.

“Everything has responded really well,” Olsen stated. “That’s been our timeline and game plan all along, and so far things have gone according to that plan. We’re just going to stick it out for this last week and hopefully things come together this time next week.”

Olsen’s potential return comes because the Panthers’ offense is lastly coming collectively. Carolina scored 45 factors and ambaded a franchise-record 548 yards in a win Monday night time in opposition to the Miami Dolphins. At 7-Three, the Panthers are a half-game behind the New Orleans Saints within the NFC South.

“Anytime you come back after a team scored 45 points, you just hope you don’t come back and mess it up. I’m just going to hopefully not get in the way, find my groove and kind of find my spot in the offense again,” Olsen stated. “I’m not necessarily going to go back to the way things were or how they were, just try to naturally become part of the offense again. Just try to be another complement to what they’re doing and the success they’ve had last night and the week before.”

Olsen spoke to USA TODAY Sports as a part of his partnership with Microsoft’s Create Change program, as certainly one of a number of gamers who’s utilizing Microsoft know-how to advance their charitable work. For Olsen, his The HEARTest Yard basis is utilizing Surface tablets to attach pediatric cardiac sufferers immediately with their docs and nurses after returning residence from the hospital. Olsen began his basis 5 years in the past after his son, T.J., was born with a conbad coronary heart defect.

“With Microsoft and the Surface and the technology, we’ve been able to develop a custom program that integrates directly with the healthcare system. So when the information is inputted in the home, it immediately uploads and integrates with the system at the doctors’ offices. There is no more lag time. There’s no more waiting for your next appointment,” Olsen stated. “It’s in real time keeping these doctors appraised of what’s going in the house with all the vital information. It’s really become a game-changer and it’s taken our program to another level.”

Follow Lindsay H. Jones on Twitter @bylindsayhjones.

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