CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have announced that free safety Charles Godfrey has torn his right Achilles tendon and is out for the season.

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Team spokesman Charlie Dayton made the announcement Monday shortly after coach Ron Rivera's press conference.

Godfrey sustained the injury during the second half of Carolina's 24-23 loss to Buffalo while breaking up a pass to Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson in the corner of the end zone.

Godfrey's injury is a huge blow to a secondary that was already considered the weak link in Carolina's defense.

Godfrey, a six-year starter for the Panthers, is considered the secondary's best player.

Rivera says the Panthers will re-evaluate the team's other four injured defensive backs — Quintin Mikell (foot), Josh Thomas (concussion), Josh Norman (thigh) and DJ Moore (knee) — on Wednesday.