The New Orleans Saints have received a sad but expected injury blow, with reports from NFL.com confirming that linebacker Victor Butler has been placed on the injured reserve list.
Butler, a former fourth-round pick for the Cowboys out of Oregon State University, joined the Saints in March after leaving Dallas but suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during practice in June.
That debilitating injury has cruelly denied Butler the opportunity to appear even once for his new team and it seems sadly somewhat inevitable that he has finally been ruled out for the rest of the season.
However, it would be very premature to proclaim that the 26-year-old's career at Mercedes-Benz Superdome is over.
The outside linebacker signed a two-year deal with the NFC South leaders and still has a chance to prove that he can have a considerable impact under the tutelage of Sean Payton.
With Butler having spent the entire of the current season on the sidelines, one would assume that the Saints, although inevitably disappointed, will not be too badly affected by this news given that they have had ample time to adjust.
The Saints, whose 31-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday improved their record to 10-3, return to action this weekend with a game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome in Missouri.