Greg Olsen tore the plantar fascia in his left foot on Nov. 19. He has somehow returned to practice on Dec. 16 despite what was supposed to be a six-week recovery time.
That’s pretty impressive for a 35-year-old tight end. Pete Carroll seemed genuinely shocked that the Seahawks were able to open Olsen’s practice window on Wednesday.
“He’s made an extraordinary recovery to get to this right now, and so we’re going to practice him during the week and see what happens and see how he does,” Carroll said. “I don’t know how he got well this fast. I don’t have a clue how that happened. He’s dying to play right now. He’s a perfect competitor to have on your club.”
It’s not a guarantee that Olsen plays in Week 15 against the Washington Football team. He may end up staying on Injured Reserve for another week, though Carroll did say it was “possible” that he could be ready to go on Sunday.
It’s impressive that Olsen has pushed so hard to get back onto the field. It’s an illustration for his love for the game and potentially an acknowledgement that this might be his last ride. With Seattle at 9-4 and headed toward the postseason, Olsen surly wants to contribute as much as possible.
“He’s the real deal,” Carroll said. “He’s such a great football player. He loves this game so much. He loves competing so much. There is no space other than he is at the top of the list in all of those character principles about who he is and what he’s all about and what you can expect from him. He’s amazing.”
Olsen has 23 catches for 224 yards and a touchdown through 10 games this season. That’s not quite the production you’d expect from a $7 million man, but it’s hard to argue with the intangibles that he has brought to Seattle. The Seahawks offense will benefit from having him back in the fold.