Breaking News: Panthers S Godfrey Out with Broken Hand, Carter Cut

Austin PennyAnalyst IAugust 24, 2009

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 12: Safety Charles Godfrey #30 of the  Carolina Panthers sets on defense against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 12, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The injury news just keeps flowing from the Carolina Panthers.

Starting safety Charles Godfrey is out with a broken hand, meaning three defensive starters have succumbed to injury since the start of training camp.

First it was Maake Kemoeatu, who tore his achilles during a running drill on the first day of camp. 

Now, after the second preseason game, the Panthers are also down a Pro Bowl linebacker in Jon Beason, in addition to Godfrey.

Godfrey started as a rookie last year for Carolina, logging 61 tackles to go along with an interception, a forced fumble, a sack, and five pass deflections.

Godfrey had surgery on the hand on Monday.

To bring in a safety to temporarily replace Godfrey on the field, the Panthers cut wide receiver Jason Carter and signed former Saints safety Kevin Kaeshviharn.

There has been no timetable placed on Godfrey's return, but the safety position can be played, albeit less effectively, with a cast on one hand.  Panthers fans may remember Chris Gamble having played corner with a cast on his hand.

The move to cut Jason Carter makes the battle for the No. 4 receiver on the Panthers roster a two horse race between Kenneth Moore and Ryne Robinson.  So far, Moore has the leg up in that category, and is further helped by the emergence of other kick returning options besides Robinson.