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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen doesn’t have an exact timetable for his return from refracturing his right foot. But the three-time Pro Bowl selection is certain it will be sooner than last season, when he missed nine games.

“Yeah, I’m way ahead of the curve,” Olsen said Monday night at his HEARTest Yard yoga fundraiser on the team practice fields behind Bank of America Stadium. “Last year at two weeks I was laying in my bed in a cast. I couldn’t do anything.

“I’m way ahead of the curve from that standpoint. It’s just a matter of seeing each week how your foot responds and just try to add a little more, a little more. What that time frame is, we’re optimistic. Hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later.”

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