Saints News 6/12/13: Saints LB Victor Butler Tears ACL, Out For Season

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Turns out the knee bang Butler had yesterday with Mark Ingram during OTA resulted in an injury more serious than Payton first described. Some across the blogosphere are saying this is a huge blow for the Saints' rebuilding defense. I slightly disagree. Sure it hurts the team to some degree but it's too early to tell what kind of impact the loss of Butler will have. What do you think? In other news, Payton takes team to go-cart track today for some team bonding and gets himself covered in mud (see Pierre Thomas tweet).

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Victor Butler Tears ACL

Reports: Saints OLB Butler tears ACL | wwltv.com New Orleans
Victor Butler, slated to be one of New Orleans’ starting outside linebackers in the team’s new 3-4 defense, tore an anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees, according to several reports.

Report: Saints LB Victor Butler has 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.

Saints lose Victor Butler to torn ACL | ProFootballTalk
The New Orleans Saints have suffered a significant loss during Organized Team Activities. Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that outside linebacker Victor Butler tore his ACL during Tuesday's OTA session.

Saints OLB Victor Butler Tears ACL - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
May 23, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Victor Butler (90) and linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) during organized team activities at

New Orleans Saints linebacker Victor Butler tore ACL in Tuesday's OTA session, source says | NOLA.com
Butler was to be a key piece to the new defense

Victor Butler's torn ACL a devastating blow for New Orleans Saints' rebuilding defense | NOLA.com
Butler may have had the highest upside of any of the Saints' outside linebackers

What should the New Orleans Saints do to fill Victor Butler's void? | NOLA.com
Saints question of the day

New Orleans Saints Black and Gold Today: Victor Butler tears ACL - Video | NOLA.com
In today's Black and Gold Today, Saints beat writer Larry Holder breaks the story of Victor Butler's torn ACL, a big hit to the Saints' revamped defense. He and columnist Mike Triplett discuss the injury and we look at your Comments. Check it out.

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Other less depressing Saints news

Saints’ Payton believes this has been one of the better offseasons | wwltv.com New Orleans
Sean Payton doesn’t believe in comparing one year’s team to the next. There’s a process, he says, and besides, nothing is promised from one year to the next.

Saints feel Rob Ryan's hope makes recent past irrelevant
NEW ORLEANS -- As the candle burns out on another New Orleans Saints offseason program, unanswered questions still remain about a defensive unit that yielded an NFL record 7,042 yards in 2012.

This Week in Saints History: June 12-18
Jason David—Born in 1982 (Cornerback 2007-08)

Saints Nation: Bears Sign Sedrick Ellis, Saints Sign Chris Carr
A couple pieces of notable free agent changes happened yesterday as the Saints lost one of their own free agents and finally filled that 90th roster spot. Sedrick Ellis, who the Saints were never considering bringing back, joined Jermon Bushrod in Chicago, and the Saints finally got the veteran cornerback I had been clamoring for to add competition in Chris Carr.

New Orleans Saints 2013 Breakout Player Projections - NFL Mocks - 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Fantasy Football, NFL News, and NFL Mock Draft Databases
The New Orleans Saints had a really disappointing 2012 season, due large in part to the absence of head coach Sean Payton.

Saints continue to add to D, sign Chris Carr | ProFootballTalk
The Saints continue to add parts to a remade defense, bringing in journeyman cornerback Chris Carr. According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Carr signed a one-year deal.

Saints Jason Smith a Darkhorse to Win LT Job - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
May 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Jason Smith (78) stands with offensive tackle Charles Brown (71) during organized

New Orleans Saints End NFL Free Agency By Signing CB Chris Carr - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Oct 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive back Chris Carr (22) returns a kick against the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter a

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Other NFL News (including Tim Tebow & other insane media obsessions)

Belichick to reporters: I’m not giving minute-by-minute Tebow news | ProFootballTalk
Belichick was also asked a question about being buttoned-up in his relationship with the media, and he answered, "You guys ask me a question and I try to answer it the best I can." But the truth is, Belichick does his best not to answer questions. And if his goal is to make sure media coverage of Tebow doesn’t become a distraction, that’s probably wise.

Cam Newton understands Panthers need to run | ProFootballTalk
Cam Newton has figured out something about his roster that seems apparent, but wasn’t always grasped by his coaches. Since he has a lot of good running backs at his disposal, it has occurred to the Panthers quarterback that perhaps he should use them.

Mike Williams says new deal with Bucs is "very close" | ProFootballTalk
Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams waited through free agency and he waited through the draft before getting a chance to start talking about a contract extension, and it looks like the patience is about to pay off. Williams, who is set to make $1.

Goodell defends Redskins name, admits issues raised are "complex" | ProFootballTalk
When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about the Redskins' name during this year's pre-Super Bowl press conference, his off-the-cuff response was, "I don't think anybody wants to offend anybody.

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