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As Okafor returns, Butler released

Posted by Darren Urban on September 30, 2014 – 1:47 pm

The Cardinals made a roster move Tuesday, cutting outside linebacker Victor Butler, who had been recently signed. Big picture, it makes sense. Alex Okafor, who had been dealing with a thigh injury that had kept him off the field since the final preseason game, finally returned to practice last week. Okafor will be in the outside linebacker mix. That meant a surplus, so the Cards decided to part ways with Butler.

We’ll see what the Cardinals do with the open roster spot, although it figures to be a veteran of some sort. Regardless, the bye week has been good for the Cards health-wise — save for the uncertainty around Carson Palmer — and assuming Paul Fanaika is ready to go tomorrow, it’ll be the first time that Bruce Arians won’t have a lot of injuries to dance around as he figures out his 46 actives this Sunday.

This week’s edition of Cardinals Underground has been posted right here.

— Larry Fitzgerald, immortalized in a cornfield at Schnepf farms. So there’s that.


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Butler for Butler, and Abraham room

Posted by Darren Urban on September 16, 2014 – 3:22 pm

The Cardinals made a couple of roster moves Tuesday, adjusting the lineup for injury and other reasons. The Cardinals released linebacker Marcus Benard and also cut punter Drew Butler. Butler’s release means Dave Zastudil should be healthy enough to punt this week against the 49ers. The Cardinals also signed outside linebacker Victor Butler, a 2009 fourth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys.

Victor Butler has 11 sacks in his career. He was with the Saints in 2013 but tore his ACL in a training camp practice. His addition could aid the pass rush — the Cardinals are going to continue to throw possibilities at the pass rush to see if something clicks — and of course, makes sure the Cardinals still have a Butler on the roster.

Another thing that can help the pass rush is the return of John Abraham, and with Tuesday’s 2-for-1 swap, the Cardinals still have an open roster spot for when Abraham is officially reinstated to the team.

Nick Foles (9), Victor Butler (57)


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