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  • Vernon Butler: Reaches settlement

    Butler (undisclosed) was released from injured reserve by the Giants with an injury settlement Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Butler missed all of camp with the injury, but his settlement will now allow him to play this season, as soon as he proves himself healthy and he can find a team to sign with.
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  • Raiders' Vernon Butler: Ready to compete

    Butler (undisclosed) passed a physical and was activated from the active/non-football injury list Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports. Butler was placed on the list last Thursday for unknown reasons. Last year with Buffalo, he collected just 11 tackles in 10 games, Now with the Raiders, the 2016 first-round selection will work to make a bigger impact on his new team.
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  • Bills' Vernon Butler: Injured during Saturday's practice

    Butler left practice Saturday with a head injury, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports. We'll assume the veteran, who's expected to be a key part of the Bills' defensive line rotation in his second year with the team, is being evaluated for a concussion.
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  • Bills' Vernon Butler: Upgrades to full practice

    Butler (groin) practiced in full Thursday. Butler began the week as a limited participant Wednesday, but barring any setbacks he's on track to start against the Seahawks on Sunday. The interior defensive lineman is still searching for his first sack of 2020.
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  • Bills' Vernon Butler: Back to work

    Butler, who missed the season-opening win over the Jets due to a hamstring injury, was able to practice fully Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. It looks like the Bills may have played it safe with one of their prized offseason signees, perhaps helped by the fact they have so much depth on their defensive line. That said, it looks like Butler is trending toward adding even more power to an already strong defensive unit in Week 2.
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  • Bills' Vernon Butler: Out for Week 1

    Butler (hamstring) has been made a game-day inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets. Butler was able to practice at times this week, so his Bills debut shouldn't be too far off. As far as Sunday goes, Harrison Phillips, Quinton Jefferson and Justin Zimmer (lifted off the practice squad) should all see more work due to Butler's absence.
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  • Bills' Vernon Butler: Seemingly set for Sunday

    Butler (hamstring) practiced fully Thursday after working on a limited basis Wednesday. Butler should be fine for his Bills debut Sunday against the Jets. He's expected to serve as a starter now that Star Lotulelei is sitting out the season, though the Bills still plan on running a heavy rotation throughout the defensive line.
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  • Bills' Vernon Butler: Limited to start practice week

    Butler (hamstring) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday. The 2016 first-rounder is expected to be an important piece, as the Bills rely heavily on a rotation system for their defensive line. Butler did accrue 6.0 sacks last season, but his previous high in his three NFL seasons before that was just 1.5.
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  • Panthers' Vernon Butler: Enjoys contract season

    Butler finished the 2019 season with 32 tackles (22 solo), six sacks and three fumbles forced in 14 games played. Butler, a first-round pick in 2016, managed just two sacks through his first three seasons. However, with the incentive of playing in the final year of his rookie deal after having his fifth-year option declined, the defensive tackle finally showed why Carolina regarded him so highly coming out of college. With career-best production across the board, the 25-year-old could now be in line for a nice payday as a free agent this offseason.
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  • Panthers' Vernon Butler: Shakes off sickness

    Butler (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Colts. Butler didn't practice Thursday and Friday due to an illness, but he's good to go for Week 16's clash. The 2016 first-round pick will look to build on his already solid campaign, as he's accrued 29 tackles and six sacks over 12 contests.
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  • Panthers' Vernon Butler: Big impact against Bucs

    Butler had two sacks and forced two fumbles in Sunday's 37-26 win over the Buccaneers. Butler finished the first half with quite the flurry, sacking and stripping Jameis Winston on consecutive downs, with the Panthers pouncing on his second swipe. In four games played thus far, Butler has actually forced a fumble on all three of his sacks, giving the 2016 first-rounder his best season in that category already.
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  • Panthers' Vernon Butler: Out for Sunday's game

    Butler (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against San Francisco. With Butler out, Kyle Love could be asked to help out as an interior defensive lineman.
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  • Panthers' Vernon Butler: MRI reveals good news

    Butler didn't tear any major ligaments in his knee during Wednesday's preseason game against Houston, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Carolina fans can finally exhale after the MRI revealed Butler likely won't miss considerable time in 2017, yet his timeline for return is still unclear. The 2016 first-round pick only played in 10 games last season and recorded 13 tackles with 1.5 sacks.
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  • Panthers' Vernon Butler: Will play Sunday

    Butler (ankle) is active Sunday against the Chiefs. Butler will take the field for the first time since Week 3 and figures to serve an important role behind starter Kawann Short. Paul Soliai is the only other healthy reserve defensive tackle on the roster Sunday.
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  • Panthers' Vernon Butler: Ruled out for Week 8

    Butler (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Cardinals, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports. The rookie experienced a setback in his recovery from a sprained ankle during Thursday's practice. Consequently, Kawann Short will again start alongside fellow defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.
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  • Panthers' Vernon Butler: Returns to practice

    Butler (ankle) returned to practice Monday, The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports. Butler has been sidelined since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 3, so the rookie first-rounder's return to practice Monday represents an encouraging development for a Panthers defensive line that has underwhelmed thus far.
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  • Panthers' Vernon Butler: Questionable to return to action

    Butler (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game. Butler injured his ankle during Sunday's contest against the Vikings. The severity is not yet known, but the fact that there is a possibility of return hints that the injury may not pose any long-term issues.
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  • Panthers' Vernon Butler: Partial participant Monday

    Butler missed part of practice Monday after sustaining a hand injury, David Newton of ESPN reports. It's unclear how Butler sustained the injury to his hand or what his status for Thursday's game against the Broncos is at this time. It's encouraging that he didn't miss all of practice and his participation over the next few days could be a telling sign as to his status for the opener.
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