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Saints lose Victor Butler to torn ACL

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The New Orleans Saints have suffered a significant loss during Organized Team Activities.

Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that outside linebacker Victor Butler tore his ACL during Tuesday’s OTA session.

Butler had to be helped off the field after a collision with running back Mark Ingram in what was supposed to be a non-contact practice. Saints coach Sean Payton said afterward that he thought the team dodged a bullet and that Butler was not badly hurt, but apparently an MRI showed otherwise.

A 2009 fourth-round pick of the Cowboys, Butler has played his entire NFL career in Dallas but signed with the Saints this year. He was already familiar with the defense run by new Saints coordinator Rob Ryan and was expected to be a starter. Now he is expected to spend the season on injured reserve.

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42 Responses to “Saints lose Victor Butler to torn ACL”
  1. bobbob1eye says: Jun 12, 2013 10:57 AM

    Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

  2. kevo126 says: Jun 12, 2013 10:57 AM

    I completely forgot about mark Ingram before this story. Bust.

  3. dynasonic says: Jun 12, 2013 10:58 AM

    I wonder if Ingram got a 5k “bonus” for knocking a player out of practice.

  4. cardsfann1 says: Jun 12, 2013 11:01 AM

    Wow… That sucks man…

  5. tincansailor981 says: Jun 12, 2013 11:04 AM

    Wow, just what the team needs, a season ending injury to a defender – a linebacker, no less. Darn Ingram, should have cut him because he’s always in the way of progress. Thats a bit of gallows humor.

  6. kingbeason52 says: Jun 12, 2013 11:06 AM

    “in what was supposed to be a non-contact practice.”

    Good job Sean Payton and Rob Ryan..your D was already week..this wont help

  7. sb44champs says: Jun 12, 2013 11:07 AM

    Thanks for nothing Ingram… all your 2 yard runs, hates LSU and now this… can’t stand the guy..

  8. granadafan says: Jun 12, 2013 11:09 AM

    This is why I don’t blast players who get hurt working out on their own or at “voluntary” OTAs. Players can get hurt any time.

  9. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 12, 2013 11:12 AM

    I guess that means back to the drawing board for Ryan. Since he claimed that the running defence was fixed yesterday. What a Dope you see people keep your mouth shut. That a LOSER.!!!!

  10. marcolamorsa says: Jun 12, 2013 11:13 AM

    Well that escalated quickly…

  11. schmitty2 says: Jun 12, 2013 11:16 AM

    Is this karma for Rob spouting off that the run defense has been fixed?

  12. thesteelers says: Jun 12, 2013 11:21 AM

    I couldn’t help but laugh.

  13. norseyapper says: Jun 12, 2013 11:22 AM

    Nice pic…do you think Ryan was smiling because he was dreaming he was looking into a mirror?

  14. despenc925 says: Jun 12, 2013 11:22 AM

    as a fan who lost Michael Crabtree…I feel saint fans pain! all I can say is get well soon

  15. jiggy3198 says: Jun 12, 2013 11:28 AM

    That franchise is snake bit

  16. patfic15 says: Jun 12, 2013 11:30 AM

    Another reason we should’ve kept Ivory! 4th and 1 Ingram…so big and yet …..so useless.

  17. beandip304 says: Jun 12, 2013 11:32 AM

    And so starts the injury bug circus of the Rob Ryan defense. Dallas sends its best.

  18. brownspower says: Jun 12, 2013 11:32 AM

    Is it just my imagination or are these no-contact practices becoming much more dangerous than in years past?
    I’ve heard of players going down with season ending injuries for no apparent reason (LeCharles Bentley), but not so many as we’re seeing this year. Maybe it’s something in the water (or Gatorade).

  19. cash804 says: Jun 12, 2013 11:41 AM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation…

  20. thesteelers says: Jun 12, 2013 11:42 AM

    As Gregg Williams once said, “take out that outside ACL”.

  21. scottplayersfacemask says: Jun 12, 2013 11:45 AM

    Victor Butler’s body must think he signed a big dollar deal with the Browns this offseason. Kruger will go down within the first 5 days of training camp, thats just the rule.

  22. eatitfanboy says: Jun 12, 2013 11:47 AM

    You do understand that it is still possible to accidentally run into someone in a non-contact drill, right?

    All “non-contact” means is not blocking or tackling. It doesn’t mean that players aren’t running at high rates of speed in close proximity to each other.

    So it is entirely possible that it was in fact a “non-contact drill” practice and the collision occurred nonetheless.

  23. thejuddstir says: Jun 12, 2013 11:51 AM

    “non-contact in OTA’s”……….didn’t take Payton long to get back into his cheating ways. It’s called “karma” saints* fans and you are about to be joined by the Adderhawks and Petey Carroll.

  24. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 12, 2013 11:52 AM

    So Ivory gets traded and Ingram hurts a starting defensive player.

    I wish Ingram would’ve been traded.

  25. saintmyfault says: Jun 12, 2013 11:56 AM

    Sorry that happened to Butler but if it was going to happen might as well be now before training camp gets going. Gives someone else time to get acclimated (Falcon fans, acclimated means get familiar with) the new defense.

  26. romoscollarbone says: Jun 12, 2013 11:56 AM

    As a cowboys fan I was pulling for Bulter. Injuries are rough, hopefully the success of others recently with knee injuries will fuel him.

  27. waraggie says: Jun 12, 2013 12:15 PM

    Clearly the NFL has it in for the Saints….conspiracy!!!!

  28. vmannj says: Jun 12, 2013 12:26 PM

    It’s a Rob Ryan defense. It won’t matter who plays in Butler’s place, Ryan will find another excuse for his defense to be ranked somewhere between 14-22. Cleveland, Oakland, and Dallas fans already know this.

  29. dirtybird28 says: Jun 12, 2013 12:46 PM

    I was really pulling for Butler to make a difference. I liked watching him in Dallas and thought he had a chance at being a solid DE/OLB. Oh well, hopefully he heals up and gets back to form next season!

  30. prideof10000lakes says: Jun 12, 2013 1:02 PM

    And the curse of the Favre continues!!!

    Karma goes as karma comes

  31. tatatoothy says: Jun 12, 2013 1:08 PM

    saintmyfault says:
    Jun 12, 2013 11:56 AM

    Sorry that happened to Butler but if it was going to happen might as well be now before training camp gets going. Gives someone else time to get acclimated (Falcon fans, acclimated means get familiar with) the new defense.
    ___________________________________

    Just LOL’d so hard I spit water on my keyboard

  32. flmike says: Jun 12, 2013 1:18 PM

    The magic is gone the run is over, the Saints relying on Rob Ryan to resurrect a dead defense, he had more talent in Dallas and couldn’t do anything good with it, what makes you think he’s going to be able to fix an even crappier Saint’s d.

  33. mdd913 says: Jun 12, 2013 1:27 PM

    Major injuries to Saints players during supposed “bounty” years: 1

    Major injuries to opposing players during supposed “bounty” years: 0

  34. dorian26 says: Jun 12, 2013 2:36 PM

    To the people talking about the Ivory trade, it hurts to lose him, but odds are when his contract was up he’d leave anyway. Plus we signed Travaris Cadet last year and he was a beast in the pre season. I’d look for him to get some playing time and if he does well he could replace Ingram anyway.

  35. hawkforlife says: Jun 12, 2013 2:37 PM

    Before crucifying Ingram, the collision could have been Butlers fault.

  36. mdd913 says: Jun 12, 2013 3:04 PM

    vmannj says: Jun 12, 2013 12:26 PM

    It’s a Rob Ryan defense. It won’t matter who plays in Butler’s place, Ryan will find another excuse for his defense to be ranked somewhere between 14-22. Cleveland, Oakland, and Dallas fans already know this.

    —————————————————–

    If the Saints have a defense in the 14 to 22 range, they won’t care about excuses, because they’ll be at least an 11-5 team.

  37. duece5 says: Jun 12, 2013 3:21 PM

    I thought with bounties that you were suppose to hit the other team??!!!

    The football gods have spoken…….

  38. clssylssy says: Jun 12, 2013 3:37 PM

    The injury bug is just beginning and those so-called
    “fans” who are making the wise cracks now may soon rule the day when their team is stricken.
    There are degrees of injury and while a torn ACL is never good, it doesn’t sound like it was a rip, perhaps a weakened area that he’ll be able to recover from with immediate treatment and rehab in time to still play this season. Injuries can happen in OTAs and is nobody’s fault. He could have just as well slipped in the shower or stepped into a hole. The Saints still have cap money if it is necessary to get a replacement to start the season and luckily have time to learn the defense. There is no crying in football so quit your sniveling and man up!

  39. doublenickelz says: Jun 12, 2013 3:46 PM

    Ryan is a curse! When he ran The D in Dallas there were more injuries than I have ever seen in two seasons! I hate to say this, but you Saints fans can expect more Defensive injuries….

  40. evilglazers666 says: Jun 12, 2013 4:28 PM

    Crap. That is the worst injury in all of football! Very hard to ever come back to full form unless you are AP.

  41. uglyglazers says: Jun 12, 2013 4:32 PM

    The Saints are losers! The Bucs were never dumb enough to get caught with their bounty program! Thanks for taking the slap on the wrist! The Bucs will go to the Super Bowl this Year with Schiano and Revis! You watch!

  42. doubleogator says: Jun 12, 2013 6:28 PM

    Couple of things: How can you blame Ingram? it could have been any one of the RB’s. Also Victor Butler has potential, he wasn’t a starter in Dallas, and was not a sure thing to be a starter in N.O. It hurts anytime a team loses a player, but it’s not like he was a pro bowler…and please stop with the Drew Brees needs an explanation, that is so not even funny anymore…

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