KEY WEDNESDAY MEDIA UPDATES
***Matthew Stafford plays through everything. But his status got interesting on Wednesday. Jim Caldwell never says anything to the media. So, it was shocking when Caldwell gave a long answer when questioned and said Stafford was "not out of the woods yet" and still needed treatment. I still believe Stafford will play this week, but Thursday will be important. If he's still limited, he'll be high on the weekend watch list.
***Joe Mixon suffered a concussion on Monday night. We've seen players progress through the return-to-play protocol in five days before but it's rare. There was no chance Mixon would be cleared for football-related activity on Wednesday. He'll need to be cleared for individual drills on Thursday to have a realistic chance to play this week. The Bengals play at home, which gives Mixon some additional observational time as the team doesn't have a travel day on Saturday. I think it's unlikely Mixon plays but will firm up his expectation after Thursday's practice.
***The Panthers said last week's decision to hold Olsen out of practice was turf related. After three DNPs last week, Olsen fully practiced on Wednesday. He was cleared to return by his surgeon when comfortable and Carolina is clearly expecting to have Olsen available. Barring recurrent soreness, we'll likely see Olsen in 25-30 snaps this week and then advance from there.