In this afternoon’s press conference, Sean Payton stated that Saints linebacker Victor Butler’s rehab has gone well, but he won’t return this year. He’ll officially go on the Reserve/PUP list for the remainder of the season.
Butler tore his ACL in a collision with running back Mark Ingram back in June OTAs, and was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the first 12 weeks of the season, and was placed back into practice on November 19th on a ‘very limited basis’.
The Saints made a decision to put Butler on PUP, rather than place him on injured reserve, but it was just a pipe dream to see Butler return this season. The option was at least there, but it just shows that coming back at full-strength just six months after tearing an ACL is just not going to happen, unless we start seeing miracle growth hormones that aren’t banned from the NFL.
Butler came over from the Cowboys, spending time under Rob Ryan in the 3-4 he was installing for the Saints. He was hoping to add a ton of value, however, the Saints have done just fine without him this season (thank you Parys Haralson).
Victor Butler, who’ll turn 27 in July, signed a 2-year, $3M deal back in March. We hope that he gets to contribute next season, but for now, rest up, and keep helping where you can. Let’s just wish this move doesn’t turn into another Chris Chamberlain.