Not long after the Carolina Panthers lost starting cornerback Josh Thomas to a concussion, two other members of their secondary went down in pain.
Early in the third quarter, Thomas’s replacement, cornerback Josh Norman would take a knee to his right thigh. He would remain on the ground for several moments before being helped off the field by team trainers–he would be deemed questionable to return but would later re-enter the contest.
Just moments later, with the Buffalo Bills on a potential scoring drive looking for the end zone, Godfrey went up to knock down a pass. He would then begin to limp his way to the line of scrimmage before stopping and sitting down in the end zone in obvious pain. Godfrey would end up being carted off the field–he has been deemed out for the rest of the game.
Carolina did dodge a bullet as DE Charles Johnson went down briefly, but he would return to the game.
The Panthers are now in serious trouble in their secondary. Thomas is likely out for a little bit after being concussed; Norman might be a wait-and-see situation with his thigh. And now, with Godfrey’s ankle situation, they’re thin in a very important area. We’ll wait and see what the Panthers medical staff says later in the week, but at least for now, things don’t look that good for either player.