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Saints News 6/11/13: LB Victor Butler Injures Knee During OTA Collision

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He banged knees with Mark Ingram this morning and was helped off the field after being on the ground for about a minute. Coach Payton says he thinks he'll be OK soon and that it wasn't a serious injury. In other news, CB Jabarri Greer has reportedly been looking impressive during these four weeks of OTAs and former Saint Sedrick Ellis signs with the Bears.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton: This has been one of our better offseasons (Video/Quotes) <a href="http://t.co/UkEmah6yWC" title="http://bit.ly/11dRXho">bit.ly/11dRXho</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23SaintsOTA">#SaintsOTA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/344554829982613504">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Came home to this in the mail imma b rocking this fo sho! Lol thank u whoever sent it <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23whodat">#whodat</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23whodunnit">#whodunnit</a></p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/status/344552372388888576">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Bears, ex-Saints DT Ellis agree to 1-year deal... <a href="http://t.co/f0Ci7ZUcsS" title="http://fan.ac/36Mf">fan.ac/36Mf</a><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23NFL">#NFL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23NewOrleans">#NewOrleans</a></p>&mdash; NOLA Sports (@NOLAfans) <a href="https://twitter.com/NOLAfans/status/344556380310601730">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Bears, ex-Saints DT Ellis agree to 1-year deal... <a href="http://t.co/f0Ci7ZUcsS" title="http://fan.ac/36Mf">fan.ac/36Mf</a><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23NFL">#NFL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23NewOrleans">#NewOrleans</a></p>&mdash; NOLA Sports (@NOLAfans) <a href="https://twitter.com/NOLAfans/status/344556380310601730">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Bears sign Sedrick Ellis <a href="http://t.co/wg9USvLGOl" title="http://wp.me/p14QSB-9bTl">wp.me/p14QSB-9bTl</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/344550948212985856">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>It's <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Happening">#Happening</a>....haven't felt like this since Jr year....This time around I know where I'm headed... <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23BLESSED">#BLESSED</a></p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/status/344549675761811458">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sedrick Ellis to the Bears huh? Enjoy that <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23thug">#thug</a></p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/344549398149201921">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Big thanks to everyone @<a href="https://twitter.com/hrhcbiloxi">hrhcbiloxi</a> 4 their hospitality they showed great class...we had a blast &amp; the @<a href="https://twitter.com/ican_foundation">ican_foundation</a> events were a success</p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/status/344547810785492992">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>ICYMI: <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> players who didn't practice during Tues. OTA: Harper, Watson, Armstead, Patrick Robinson, Sneed, Rufus Johnson.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/344543759465332737">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>6:00pm Tonight at the Crystal Palace - West Bank.. We are going to help remodel Devon Walkers Den!!</p>&mdash; Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton/status/344521512918847488">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints hoping Victor Butler's OTA knee injury isn't serious <a href="http://t.co/gDFujX2Puo" title="http://wp.me/p14QSB-9bSB">wp.me/p14QSB-9bSB</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/344512919398129664">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The Butler injury happened when Ingram had caught a swing pass and turned upfield. Butler went down and remained down.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/344503549922795520">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>: Ingram eventually went over to make sure Butler was ok.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/344503632798048256">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> Butler was helped off the field but didn't seem to be favoring either leg.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/344501876265451520">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton says he thinks Butler will be fine. Says he banged knees with Ingram.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/344501623332167680">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ingram caught a swing pass in team drills and went shoulder to shoulder with Butler. Butler laid down on the sideline for about a minute.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/344501248202010624">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Everybody sellin dreams I'm too cheap to buy one</p>&mdash; Isa Abdul-Quddus (@iamisa1) <a href="https://twitter.com/iamisa1/status/344558036859367424">June 11, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

New Orleans Saints linebacker Victor Butler sustains knee injury during Tuesday's OTA session | NOLA.com
Payton briefly addressed Butler's injury after Tuesday's practice saying Ingram and Butler banged knees. Payton also said he thinks Butler will be fine and that Butler and the Saints were fortunate it wasn't worse.

Victor Butler injures knee during OTA collision | ProFootballTalk
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Saints OLB Victor Butler bangs knee in practice, leaves early | wwltv.com New Orleans
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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton's Final OTA Press Conference
New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton holds his final press conference during OTAs on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.