Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, who announced earlier this month that he was stepping away from the team while preparing for his son's heart surgery, returned to practice on Monday.
Olsen's son was scheduled to undergo the procedure -- his third open-heart surgery -- on Monday.
Olsen, 29, caught 73 passes for 816 yards and six touchdowns last season. He is entering his fourth season with the Panthers after playing the first four years of his career with the Chicago Bears.
Carolina opens the season Sept. 7 at Tampa Bay.
- Chris Johnson