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NFL Week 11 in the L.A. TV market: Pssst, no Rams, Vikings intel at risk with active player in Fox TV booth … probably

By in Press Enterprise on November 16, 2017

By Tom Hoffarth

Greg Olsen may not be a spy, but it would appear as if he’s playing one on TV this weekend.

Carolina’s Greg Olsen makes a catch near the Rams’ Alec Ogletree during a game at the Coliseum in 2016. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The Carolina Panthers’ three-time Pro Bowl tight end has the week off, and he’s on injured reserve with a broken foot. So as long as he’s sitting around, Fox asked if he’d like to join the TV booth Sunday for the regional coverage of the Rams-Vikings game in Minnesota.

Great move, unless you’re the paranoid Vikings and you play the Panthers on Dec. 10.

Or, as Charley Waters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote: “Fox Sports has had the audacity — or ignorance — to allow a current NFL player to be a game analyst during a bye week for an opponent his team is still to play this season.”

After further review, Fox denied a Minnesota front-office complaint and decided to go ahead and keep him on the game. But it also stipulated it will restrict his access so that he doesn’t have perceived competitive advantage.

“We are excited for the opportunity to make this Sunday’s broadcast fun and insightful with Pro Bowler Greg Olsen,” Fox said in a statement to ProFootballTalk.com. “We fully respect the Vikings concerns and will limit the amount of pre-game access allowed to Greg. We look forward to welcoming him in the broadcast booth and giving viewers a unique perspective this Sunday.”

Olsen told USA Today: “From the beginning we had no false notions that I would be in production meetings, meeting with players or coaches. We never would. I understand where everyone is coming from, but these are things we thought through.”

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