Saintsí defense takes a huge hit following LB Victor Butlerís injury

6/13/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The New Orleans Saints had big plans of reviving their defense after a shabby performance on the defensive side of the ball last season. But those plans suffered a significant blow on Wednesday when an MRI scan indicated that linebacker Victor Butler had a torn ACL.
Victor Butler suffered the injury during Tuesday’s minicamp practice when he banged his knees with running back Mark Ingram. According to multiple reports, the next step for Victor Butler will be to have surgery when the swelling in his knee finally goes down. That should put Victor Butler on the injured reserve for the start of the regular season and he is likely to miss the rest of the year while rehabbing from the injury.
However, the New Orleans Saints have not made an official announcement of Victor Bulter’s injury yet or his future on the field for the 2013 season. Moreover, Victor is expected to visit noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla., next week to get a second opinion on his ACL injury.
This was Victor Butler’s first offseason with the New Orleans Saints. Victor Butler was handpicked by defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, when he signed a two-year $3 million contract with the New Orleans Saints. Rob Ryan is also in his first season with the New Orleans Saints, after spending last season as Victor Butler’s defensive coordinator in Dallas.
Victor Butler was expected to have a big role in the New Orleans Saints defense this season. The New Orleans Saints are making the transition to a 3-4 defensive scheme under Rob Ryan, and Victor Butler was supposed to start opposite Will Smith, who has been moved from defensive end to outside linebacker this offseason. Victor Butler had been practicing with the first-team at outside linebacker during workouts.
The fifth-year veteran Victor Butler had played in a reserve role during the first four seasons of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, who signed him out of Oregon State in the fourth-round of the 2009 NFL draft. Over the past four seasons, Victor Butler amassed 89 tackles and 11 sacks while playing in 63 games with two starts for the Dallas Cowboys.
The 6-2, 245-pound Victor Butler was expected to have great sack potential in Rob Ryan’s scheme. Now, Veterans Martez Wilson and Junior Galette will become the most likely candidates to take Victor Bultler’s spot, while rookie Rufus Johnson could also get playing time at the position. But while all three players have some potential, they don’t possess the same familiarity with Rob Ryan’s defense as Victor Butler did.
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