Saturday, September 21, 2013

Panthers Godfrey Done For Season

Football players this week are just dropping like flies. 
First Ryan Clady went down with a Lisfranc injury and Tyvon Branch is likely out with an ankle fracture. Now Carolina Panthers starting free safety Charles Godfrey is done for the season after suffering a torn right Achilles tendon. 
Godfrey sustained the injury during the third quarter of Sunday's game while trying to break up a pass to wide receiver Steve Johnson in the end zone. After the game, Godfrey said, "When I got back up and started walking a little bit more, I said, 'Man, it's probably a good idea I go down.'" 
As if losing the game in the last seconds, 24-23 to the Buffalo Bills wasn't bad enough, losing Godfrey is the worst thing that could have happened to the Panthers secondary. The veteran has started almost every single game for the Panthers since they drafted him in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Godfrey has started 74 of 75 games as a Panther, collecting 353 tackles, three sacks, 33 passes defended and 11 interceptions. This season he had 10 tackles and a sack in the first two games for the Panthers. 
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said, "Since last year, when we moved him to free safety, he's played about as well as you'd like to have a free safety play. You hate to see it happen to a guy like him who has really found his niche. I'd love to have him, but we don't."
Godfrey was placed on the season ending injured reserve on Wednesday. Rookie safety Robert Lester was signed off the practice squad to fill the roster space. 
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