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Colts sign Darius Butler to bolster secondary


The Colts are heading into their bye week banged up in the secondary, so they made a move to address that area on Tuesday.

The team has announced that they’ve signed cornerback Darius Butler to help ranks thinned by injuries to Vontae Davis and Justin King. Davis had an MRI on his ankle on Monday and King is dealing with a groin injury. Coach Chuck Pagano said that he hopes to have both players back for the Week Five game against the Packers, although their status will remain up in the air a little longer.

Butler was a second-round pick of the Patriots in 2009 and spent two years with New England before getting waived prior to the start of the 2011 season. He hooked on with the Panthers, but was one of their final cuts this summer. He’s started 14 games and played extensively on special teams in his career, so the Colts will at least have one more experienced hand on board as they prepare to face Aaron Rodgers and company.

The Colts released offensive lineman Trai Essex to make room for Butler on the roster. Essex signed after the first Colts game of the year and saw action in each of their last two contests.

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15 Responses to “Colts sign Darius Butler to bolster secondary”
  1. kingmj4891 says: Sep 25, 2012 12:44 PM

    Had to mention Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in there .

  2. lightninglucci says: Sep 25, 2012 12:46 PM

    What does this post have to do with the GB-Seattle game or the refs? 🙂

  3. cpo187 says: Sep 25, 2012 12:53 PM

    bolster (ˈbəʊlstə)
    — vb
    1. to support or reinforce; strengthen: to bolster morale

    Bolster is a strong word for Butler.

  4. barneyrumble says: Sep 25, 2012 12:54 PM

    As a Bears fan I thought the officials in the Seahawks Pack game were great! :o) As a Colts fan, this is a good pickup but hate seeing Trai Essex go, he is a hard worker and was doing a decent job in protection, hope he doesn’t get claimed and can go to the practice squad.

  5. benacci says: Sep 25, 2012 12:55 PM

    The Packers are the next team the Colts play after the bye next week…….

  6. newmarketmaulers says: Sep 25, 2012 12:59 PM

    Shame on me. If I had done my homework, and realized the COlts were so banged up they were going to have to sign the likes of Butler, I wouldnt have made the incorrect Survivor choice of Colts over Jags. Boo hoo. Least I dont root for the Packers. Go Pats!

  7. madesian says: Sep 25, 2012 1:04 PM


    I’m not sure I’d Essex is eligible for the practice squad because he’s been on an active roster for an entire season. They have weird rules about that.

  8. bigpap says: Sep 25, 2012 1:39 PM

    Having seen Darius Butler play in New England, im not sure “bolster” is the right word to use here.

  9. coltsfirstsecondary says: Sep 25, 2012 1:56 PM

    Good lord we are in roster hell…

  10. heisthejuan says: Sep 25, 2012 2:14 PM

    Good luck Bruh.

  11. pilot2011 says: Sep 25, 2012 2:53 PM

    Butler is no starter, but I thought he should have made the Panthers squad. He aint that bad.

  12. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 25, 2012 2:58 PM

    Can’t be any worse than justin king

  13. Raider-in-PA says: Sep 25, 2012 10:42 PM

    Wow, didnt know that the singer from Hootie and the Blowfish even played football…lol

  14. andylucksneck says: Sep 26, 2012 3:43 PM

    Great trade for Vontae Davis. Jim showing how terrible an owner he is.

    RG3 > Luck

  15. andylucksneck says: Sep 26, 2012 3:44 PM

    He will get plenty of time on the field with the colts offense being run by Luck.

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