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Report: Saints LB Victor Butler has torn ACL

Victor Butler (#90) signed with the Saints to battle for playing time in their new 3-4 defensive scheme (Photo: Parker Waters).Victor Butler (#90) signed with the Saints to battle for playing time in their new 3-4 defensive scheme (Photo: Parker Waters).

The season for a key free agent addition by the New Orleans Saints ended before it even began.

Saints Radio team member Kristin Garic reported Wednesday that Saints linebacker Victor Butler has suffered a torn ACL.

Butler collided with Mark Ingram on Tuesday during Organized Team Activities. Saints head coach Sean Payton has shown no signs of long-term concern after the practice. "I think he is going to be fine, actually, so we are fortunate,'' Payton said.

However, the injury was apparently serious enough to end Butler's first year with the Saints after joining New Orleans as a free agent this offseason from the Dallas Cowboys. Recovery time for ACL injuries are normally 9-12 months. Butler had been lining up at outside linebacker with the starters during practices.

 

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