Bad news for the New Orleans Saints this morning, as what was considered a minor knee bump yesterday for outside linebacker Victor Butler is reportedly a torn ACL.
According to NOLA.com’s Larry Holder via Twitter, tests show Butler tore his ACL ligament:
Brutal news for the #Saints: LB Victor Butler tore his ACL during Tuesday's OTA session, a source says.
— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) June 12, 2013
It’s horrible news for the Saints as the team attempts to install a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Even worse is the fact it happened in OTAs in which contact is prohibited in the first place. Butler allegedly bumped knees with running back Mark Ingram on a typical drill.
The news means Butler is more than likely out for the season unless he has the super healing powers of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Butler was brought over from the Dallas Cowboys via free agency because Ryan believed he was talented enough to step out of the shadow of DeMarcus Ware and become an every-down player and efficient pass-rusher. Butler had that chance in New Orleans, but now the void will have to be filled with a rag-tag group of players such as Junior Galette, Martez Wilson, Will Smith and more.
It’s unknown how the group of linebackers will respond on the field, but Ryan should still be able to get the most out of the group. Unfortunately, Butler was the most experienced in the scheme and most familiar with Ryan’s ways.
The Saints defense just took a major hit and it’s only June.