EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tight end Greg Olsen made his long-awaited return to the Carolina Panthers' lineup in Sunday's 35-27 win over the New York Jets after an eight-week absence due to a broken foot.
But it was short-lived.
The 32-year-old caught Cam Newton's first pass attempt of the day, a 10-yarder over the middle. But his foot got sore thereafter and he left the game in the second quarter and did not return.
"I felt good, but the foot wasn't exactly where we needed it to be to play in the NFL," Olsen said. "So we live to play another week. Hopefully it will be better next week."
The Panthers (8-3) play in New Orleans next week with first place in the NFC South on the line.
"He came back out at halftime and he wanted to give it a try and it was sore, so the trainers just thought the best thing to do was sit him down," said head coach Ron Rivera. "We'll see how he is when we get back tomorrow morning."
Olsen, who grew up about a half-hour drive from MetLife Stadium in Wayne, N.J., has 38 receiving yards in three games after becoming the first tight end to record three straight 1,000-yard seasons from 2014-16.
Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams didn't enjoy Newton's patented Superman celebration after his second-quarter touchdown run.
As Newton was about to reveal the imaginary 'S' on his chest, Adams sidled up to him, and when Newton went into his pantomime, Adams shoved him. Newton swatted Adams' arm away and continued on with his move.
"I just don't like people celebrating in our end zone," Adams said.
When asked about the incident, Newton said he had "no idea" what happened.
After Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson's second touchdown of the game, Fox microphones heard the second-year receiver lobbying for Pro- Bowl votes.
"Hey, will you all vote for me for the Pro Bowl, man? Please," Anderson said.
Broadcaster Chris Spielman, himself a four-time Pro Bowler, immediately criticized Anderson, saying he should be more concerned with his team holding a fourth-quarter lead.
Anderson has 41 catches for 714 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
"I was just excited. I wasn't trying to come off in a bad way," Anderson said. "Just excitement, spur of the moment. Everybody knows that I'm all for this team in every aspect. I make my life decisions based off my teammates. Everything I do is about being the best I can for my teammates, so it wasn't anything malicious or anything like that or trying to come off in the wrong way.
"Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but my intentions were nothing bad."