Cardinals release linebacker Victor Butler

AP

The Arizona Cardinals released linebacker Victor Butler on Tuesday.

The team had signed Butler just two weeks ago to add some depth at linebacker with John Abraham’s placement on the injured reserve list.

However, Butler was not active for the Cardinals game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3 and was subsequently released by the team this week. With the bye week allowing Alex Okafor to recover from a thigh injury, Butler was no longer needed on the roster.

Butler missed all of the 2013 season after tearing his ACL with the New Orleans Saints. He was sidelined for the majority of training camp before finally getting cleared to return. The Saints then released him soon afterward.

Butler has not appeared in an NFL game since the final week of the 2012 season with the Dallas Cowboys. He recorded 25 tackles with three sacks and two forced fumbles for Dallas, which helped him get a contract with the Saints.