National Football League denies Vikings request to have Olsen pulled from broadcast

Olsen has been on injured reserve with a broken foot suffered in a Week 2 win against Buffalo, but he is set to come off next week in time to play in the November 26 game against the New York Jets.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissaro is reporting that the Minnesota Vikings requested FOX yank current Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen from his role as a color analyst for Sunday's game between the Vikings and Los Angeles Rams.

While the Panthers have a bye in Week 11, Greg Olsen is taking on a second job as part of the broadcast team for Sunday's marquee Rams-Vikings game, and the Vikings are not happy about it.

Per ESPN's David Newton, Spielman's concern is largely the suspicion that the Fox broadcast team - which will have access to practices leading up to the game - will share secrets with Olsen.


A league spokesperson told Pelissero: "We did not object to this". Olsen is eligible to return from injured reserve before then. Spielman seems to believe that Olsen could help the Panthers gain some sort of an advantage down the road by being in attendance at U.S. Bank Stadium.

While there will be production meetings with FOX Sports personnel, Olsen said Wednesday that "if you're spilling your deepest, darkest game plan secrets to the broadcast crew that's kind of on you" and that he's not going to learn anything more than the scouts that already attend games are going to learn. Fox officials said they "fully respect" the concerns of the Vikings. "We look forward to welcoming him in the broadcast booth and giving viewers a unique perspective this Sunday".

"The notion that I'm going to gain an unfair advantage is insane, " he said, according to David Newton of ESPN. I'm going to have enough trouble on my hands broadcasting a game, let alone looking for little nuances on the sideline.

Olsen said he would have no issue if a Minnesota player was in the booth for a Carolina game. Simms also implored Olsen to pull out of the broadcast. "But that's the world we live in", he said. "I understood where they were coming from".

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