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Report: Saints set to release linebacker Victor Butler

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The New Orleans Saints signed linebacker Victor Butler a season ago with the hope he could become a significant contributor to their defense.

Ultimately, he may never play a down for the team.

According to Kristian Garic of 870 WWL in New Orleans, the Saints are planning to release Butler as a part of their cuts to get down to 75 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Butler suffered a torn ACL after colliding with running back Mark Ingram in practice in June 2013. He was placed on the physically unable to perform list with the hope his knee may somehow be able to recover in time for him to play down the stretch. That hope never materialized and Butler spent the entire season on the physically unable to perform list.

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Butler returned to practice Monday after missing a significant amount of training camp with another issue, though this one was undisclosed by the Saints. The move to release Butler will save the Saints $1.5 million this season.

Butler’s last game action came with the Dallas Cowboys in 2012, where he appeared in all 16 games and recorded 25 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

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12 Responses to “Report: Saints set to release linebacker Victor Butler”
  1. charleypattonsguitar says: Aug 25, 2014 10:40 PM

    Wish him well in his recovery and hope he eventually gets healthy.

  2. saintsstillwillwin says: Aug 25, 2014 10:49 PM

    Followed Rob to New Orleans in hopes of being the guy. Get well and best of luck to you!

  3. theembalmed says: Aug 25, 2014 10:57 PM

    be nice if they could try and trade him to dallas for a 6 or 7 next year. jerry would do it cause he is a football genius

  4. datdude84 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:05 PM

    I’m as big of a saints fan as their is and I forgot he was even on our team because he’s been gone so long. This isn’t shocking at all.

  5. robf2010 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:31 PM

    They just couldn’t get the guy on the field.

  6. grantgoodman93 says: Aug 25, 2014 11:36 PM

    Jerry please sign again to play with his hand in the ground like he did at Oregon State. Thanks

  7. 87hollywoodhorn says: Aug 25, 2014 11:42 PM

    Victor Butler is probably the most beloved saint to never suit up for the black and gold.
    What a shame, Whodats are kind of shallow at OLB

  8. whodat5150 says: Aug 26, 2014 12:13 AM

    Such a shame to happen to a stand up guy. Hopefully, he’ll recover and conticareer elsewhere or maybe even come back to the Saints!

  9. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 26, 2014 2:08 AM

    The only thing good that ever came from the Cowboys was Rob Ryan and the cheerleaders.

  10. burtmurphy1 says: Aug 26, 2014 2:59 AM

    Falcons.

  11. ohand16 says: Aug 26, 2014 6:26 AM

    Bills

  12. nolahxc says: Aug 26, 2014 7:37 AM

    I was really looking forward to seeing Victory Butt this year.

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