Victor Butler on New Orleans Saints' injured reserve


Victor Butler's 2013 season officially is a total loss.

The Saints outside linebacker was moved to injured reserve Wednesday, ending any possibility he'll be able to contribute in his first season in New Orleans.

Butler signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Saints in March and was expected to have a prominent role as the outside rush linebacker in Rob Ryan's 3-4 scheme. That changed after Butler tore his ACL during a June minicamp practice.

Butler resumed practicing in November, which gave the Saints a three-week window to decide whether or not to activate him or move him to IR. They chose the latter.

Don't be surprised to hear Ryan talking up Butler as a 2014 difference-maker when organized team activities roll around.

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