Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will take a leave from the team as his son undergoes open-heart surgery.
Olsen's son, T.J., was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and was scheduled for his third open-heart surgery on Monday.
“Any time you’re dealing with open heart surgery on a child, it’s pretty delicate and scary in itself,” Olsen told reporters, via ESPN.com's David Newton. “We’re unfortunately getting used to this. It’s the hand he was dealt, it’s the hand we were dealt, and we’ll take it on like we have the last two and just hope for as fast a recovery as he can.''
Olsen did not give a timetable for his return to the team, saying he will wait "until things kind of settle down."
Olsen, 29, is entering his fourth season with the Panthers. He had 816 receiving yards and six touchdowns last season.
- Paul Palladino