Shortly after the OTA session, Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune reported that head coach Sean Payton hoped Butler’s injury would just be a case of a banged knee. Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune got word through a source Wednesday morning that it was far worse.
It’s too early to tell just how much of a blow to Rob Ryan’s new 3-4 defensive scheme Butler’s injury is. Butler followed Ryan to New Orleans from the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent, but the talented pass-rush specialist only played 162 pass-rush snaps in Dallas last season. He was battling Martez Wilson for the starting strong-side outside linebacker spot, but since it’s just June, the competition had yet to unfold.