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Donald Butler, the Chargers' Third-Round Pick, To Miss 2010 Season

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 19:  Running back Stanley Havili #31 of the USC Trojans fumbles against Donald Butler #9 of the Washington Huskies in the third quarter on September 19, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Trojans 16-13.(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Jay BrownContributor IAugust 4, 2010

It didn't take long for the injury bug to bite this season for the San Diego Chargers, as rookie inside linebacker Donald Butler will miss the entire season after sustaining an injury during Tuesday's practice at Chargers Park.

According to reports last night from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune , Butler who was the Chargers third-round pick in the draft, injured his ankle and was carted off the field.

After a further examination of the injury, it appears that Butler sustained an injury to his Achilles tendon and will miss the entire 2010 season, according to Chargers.com.

This does not look well for the Chargers who were looking to Butler to help bolster the linebacker corps.

The Chargers are already without three-time All Pro linebacker Shawne Merriman, who has still yet to sign his restricted free agent tender and report to training camp.

Standing 6'1," and weighing 248 pounds, Butler was the 79th pick overall in April's draft.

He was an honorable mention All-American and a second-team All-Pac-10 choice for the Washington Huskies. He started two seasons for the Huskies, tallied 238 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, and had four sacks.

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