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Chargers lose rookie linebacker Butler for season

Tuesday was a rough afternoon for 2010 third-round picks.

The Jaguars lost defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith to a torn achilles tenson, and now we’ve learned via Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune that the Chargers lost linebacker Donald Butler to the same injury.

Butler was expected to compete to start with Kevin Burnett at a relatively thin position for San Diego.  The No. 79 overall pick in the draft, Butler was taken with one of the picks acquired in the Charlie Whitehurst-to-Seattle deal.

I picked San Diego as my AFC Super Bowl representative for our PFT magazine, and their defensive front seven was my biggest worry about the team.  This news won’t help.

UPDATE:  The team has announced that Butler will miss the entire season.

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5 Responses to “Chargers lose rookie linebacker Butler for season”
  1. DH says: Aug 4, 2010 2:24 PM

    Donald butler was over rated anyway. he played for UW for christ sakes and they have been nothing but terrible lately. Great job AJ, how is that whitehurst deal working out now.

  2. LL Live says: Aug 4, 2010 2:39 PM

    “I picked San Diego as my AFC Super Bowl representative for our PFT magazine, and their defensive front seven was my biggest worry about the team. ”
    Who is Gregg Rosenthal?

  3. SoCal says: Aug 4, 2010 7:42 PM

    Butler was not taken with any picks from the Whitehurst trade. The Bolts moved up in the second to 40 which they used to move up to get Mathews and also received a 3rd round pick in 2011.
    Butler was one of the few bright spots on a Husky team that has been nothing short of terrible the past decade. He’s one of those guys who isn’t great at anything but is good at everything. He would have played a lot for the Bolts this year. Too bad for him and the team.

  4. Stuart Scotts left eye says: Aug 4, 2010 7:56 PM

    DH:
    What are you talking about? We drafted Butler and was looking EXTREMELY impressive. Acee even stated that he was slotted to be the starter for sure next season. So, we traded a 3rd string QB who never ever ever took a NFL snap and received a TON of compensation for him.
    Yeah, that Whitehurst deal is working out pretty good.

  5. JoGa20 says: Aug 5, 2010 1:19 PM

    Average or not, you never want to see this happen to anyone. Especially to one of your Bolts. The defense is already suspect as it is. Merriman better get his ass into camp, put his head down, STFU and play some football.

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