Olsen relieved injury not worse

Reed Schreck

Greg Olsen could have used one word to describe how he feels now compared to when he sprained his left knee last Thursday.

"Phew!"

There is good news about the injury he suffered late in the second quarter against Cleveland in the final preseason game.

"We’re glad it wasn’t anything too serious," he said Monday in the team’s locker room at Halas Hall before being called away to receive more treatment.

While his teammates are preparing for Sunday’s season opener at San Diego, Olsen is following a different game plan.

"For right now, we’re just rehabbing and trying to get back to full health as fast as possible," he said.

A calendar is not helpful at the moment.

"We’re not sure when," he said of a possible return to action. "Every day we come in, it gets better. We’ll just go from there."

Head coach Lovie Smith called Olsen’s participation "a game-time decision."

Olsen felt better after an MRI revealed nothing more than a sprain and that everything was structurally intact.

When he got hit after catching a short pass, he wasn’t sure about the severity as he limped off the field.

"Obviously, no one wants to get hurt," he said. That’s part of the game. You just have to kind of accept it and do anything you can to get back as fast as possible."

Veteran receiver Muhsin Muhammad can’t wait to have Olsen’s services available.

"He had a great preseason and great camps," he said. "I know he’s going to be excited when he finally hits the field. He’s going to be a great player in this league, and we’re excited to have a guy like that."

Roster relief

The first day of practice after cuts are made always is different, according to wideout Mark Bradley.

"Everybody’s happy that preseason is over," he said. "Some of the guys, the young guys are happy they made the roster. Now all that’s behind us, and now we can progress toward San Diego game-planning. I think everybody is more relaxed at this point and able to enjoy this process we’re taking to prepare for San Diego.

"Training camp, everybody’s tired of working hard. Second-string guys are pushing the first-string guys for position. Third-teamers are pushing for second team. It’s a battle. Everybody’s trying to win a job, so it’s a lot tougher in the preseason. Once we get the roster set, everyone’s relaxed. They know where they are. We can just go out and play and have fun."

Maybe, maybe not

Receiver Rashied Davis wonders if San Diego should have changed head coaches from Marty Schottenheimer to Norv Turner after going 14-2 in the regular season last year.

"It might have been a mistake, but not for sure," he said. "I don’t know what happened.

"It’s tough getting used to a new head coach and all that stuff. That could be an advantage. I’m not looking forward to that as being a factor in the game, but it could be a factor."

Captains selected

Four of last year’s five captains remain the same — Olin Kreutz and Muhsin Muhammad on offense and Mike Brown and Brian Urlacher on defense.

The one change is regarding special teams, where Pro Bowler Brandon Ayanbadejo replaces long-snapper Patrick Mannelly.