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August 24, 2009

Godfrey's injury another blow to defense

Coach John Fox had few details to report about safety Charles Godfrey's broken right hand on Monday, except to say he'd had surgery on it. Fox didn't say how long Godfrey will be out (he's "day-to-day" according to Fox) or if he'll wear a cast on it when he returns.

 It's another blow to the Panthers' defense -- especially up the middle -- where nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu (torn Achilles) is already out for the season and middle linebacker Jon Beason (sprained knee) also continues to be day-to-day, according the Fox.

-- Linebackers Thomas Davis and Landon Johnson returned to practice Monday after being out for extended periods with injuries. RB Jonathan Stewart continued to rest a sore Achilles and guard C.J. Davis also missed practice with an ankle injury he suffered early in training camp. S Nate Salley (knee) wasn't at practice.

-- The Panthers are now in the process of winnowing their candidates for the No. 4 receiving position and at kick/punt returner when they released Jason Carter. Carter hadn't had a strong training camp, and that came after he was very impressive in Spartanburg in '08 before suffering a season-ending knee surgery.

That leaves the receiver's job to Kenneth Moore and Ryne Robinson, although Moore has been more impressive in the preseason. There's a chance Moore will return kicks on Saturday against the Ravens, too.

-- The Panthers signed S Kevin Kaesviharn to take Carter's spot on the roster. Kaesviharn (pronounced CASE-vih-harn) is in his ninth year and played with the New Orleans Saints last season. Panthers fans might remember Kaesviharn from 2006, when he intercepted a last-gasp pass in the end zone from Jake Delhomme to Keyshawn Johnson, preserving a 17-14 victory for the Cincinnati Bengals. -- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on August 24, 2009 at 01:53 PM | Permalink


Anyone ask FOX about Beason??

Posted by: STH | Aug 24, 2009 2:11:44 PM

I felt like we needed another safety anyway. Just didn't want us to have to bring him in this way. So much for Godfrey getting the interceptions I though he would get this year in the new defense. I figured his cornerback skills would have worked out pretty good with the scheme.

Posted by: JonDaDon | Aug 24, 2009 2:17:20 PM

His CB skills would work at the CB spot

Not the S spot. What is up with our organization and this backwards moves

Posted by: jake the snake | Aug 24, 2009 2:20:35 PM

Good, Godfrey sucks! He is no safety...maybe a corner back at best. Safety's actually tackle and make plays...he sucks!

Posted by: Panther Pat | Aug 24, 2009 2:25:18 PM

yeah maybe ya'll want to go and watch some tape on kaisveharn before you start trashing godfrey.....

Posted by: rjk | Aug 24, 2009 2:27:31 PM

Panther Pat,

You are a moron, give the guy a chance he is coming into his second season.

Posted by: Jackson | Aug 24, 2009 2:44:25 PM

where'd all these ppl come from defending our players? i stopped reading these forums cause it always seemed that ppl just posted to bash the team...I love it! keep the optimism high ppl! season hasn't even started yet...give the guy a break

Posted by: Clay | Aug 24, 2009 3:13:53 PM

If all of ya'll Panthers PLAYER HATERS want to do is bash our players...dont pull for my Team...I am a Panther fan...A REAL PANTHER fan...not just when they win or have all their players healthy...Godfrey is a Baller and will prove so in the coming season when he gets back. If you dont like it...dont pull for them....Find somebody else to root for...

Posted by: Justin | Aug 24, 2009 3:38:44 PM

Justin shuttup, you are a homer, a real homer. Real fans recognize the boneheaded stubborness in their team & could already point to this disaster of a season unfolding.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Aug 24, 2009 3:55:49 PM

D.W.G. shuttup, your a dumbass, a real dumbass. A real fan backs the players on their favorite team not whine and complain all the time. Give the guy time, safety is a tough position to play.

Posted by: RedNeckBob | Aug 24, 2009 4:14:28 PM

Really? I thought Godfrey had a good rookie year. I'd rather have him out there than Kaesviharn. Good move though to sign him, if Godfrey's hand makes him a liability then Kaesviharn is good insurance.

Posted by: Jim | Aug 24, 2009 5:03:53 PM

Panther Pat is a Dallas Cowgirls fan who knows nothing about football.

Posted by: MajorLeague | Aug 24, 2009 5:25:56 PM

Maybe that bye in week 4 isn't such a bad thing after all....

Posted by: williwonka | Aug 24, 2009 5:45:09 PM

Het folks...Post whatever you want, but keep in mind that the OTHERS will post their feelings about your post. BTW, I still feel that the O will come together, but I am concerned about the D. I think 10-6 is both a realistic, and optimistic, goal. Just MY two cents.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Aug 24, 2009 6:16:55 PM

I meant "hey", not "het"...sorry.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Aug 24, 2009 6:17:23 PM

the jury is still out on how godfrey will work out but he made a few plays out there last year and got burnt a bit too. not every rookie is john beason or julius peppers. some are more thomas davis or brad hoover. let the dust settle. i think the team is good but the injury's and salary crunch issues will call for a 9-7, 8-8 type year. the team is better than that but not when starters aren't starting and when we were already thin to begin with.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 24, 2009 6:22:44 PM

Kaesviharn...Who else was considered??? Maybe we will win the SUPERBOWL. Because this season is starting out kinda rough. We get our share of injuries, maybe we need a new strength and conditioning coach??? OR maybe we need to get one,if we don't have one.

Posted by: pjscollegefund | Aug 24, 2009 6:51:15 PM

well let me say charles(marquise)godfrey is a good safty i dont no why yall hating on tha young baller. hope yall fell betta boy hold it down. plus he is frm tha hometown Baytown,Tx (Oakaddition)

Posted by: Mr. Pacman | Aug 24, 2009 9:49:14 PM

i cant believe you people. youre all as nervous as a whore in church. godfrey can play with a cast when the season starts like gamble did and beasons knee is strained,not torn up. reeeelaxxxx! we needed a vet at safety anyways and connor will do well till beason comes back.
p.s im not a big kemo fan. i feel it will be a lot easier to replace him than people think. ray lewis asked the ravens not to sign kemo and pf weekly didnt even rate kemo in the top 25 last year.

Posted by: ray | Aug 25, 2009 11:48:13 AM

Too bad the Bucs don't play the Panthers early in the season!

Posted by: SONOFBUCSTER | Aug 25, 2009 7:57:32 PM

... because the Panthers would only beat my Bucs 21-6 instead of 42-3

Posted by: SONOFBUCSTER | Aug 26, 2009 8:24:32 AM

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