Butler would start Thursday if Koa Misi (neck) can't play, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Butler is being prepared to play as Misi looks to be a game time decision. He has only been with the team for a little over two weeks but the team has been anxious to see what he can do with an expanded role and they just might get to see it Thursday.
Butler will probably be inactive Sunday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Butler was only signed Tuesday and may not have a good enough grasp of the Miami defense to play in a game just yet. The plan is for Butler to eventually play weakside linebacker as the team continues to worry about the long term availability of Jelani Jenkins (knee).
Butler was signed by the Dolphins on Thursday, Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel reports. Butler, who was cut by the Cardinals a little over a week ago, adds a veteran presence to thin Miami linebacker group. The 27-year-old could be ready in time for Sunday's tilt with the Patriots, but more information will be known as the week progresses. Butler figures to serve a backup role, as he'll compete with Spencer Paysinger, Neville Hewitt, and Mike Hull for reps.
Butler was cut by the Cardinals on Friday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. Butler signed with Arizona at the end of July after being released by the Chargers. While he started his career with four straight seasons with at least 73 tackles, Butler's production waned last year, evidenced by his mere 43 stops. Although the 27-year-old's past numbers and relative youth should see him land elsewhere this season, his career has endured its lumps lately.
The Cardinals signed Butler on Wednesday, the team's official site reports. Butler has been on the free-agent market since the Chargers released the inside linebacker in early March. While the Cardinals are comfortable with their starting ILB duo of Deone Bucannon and Kevin Minter, the lack of experience behind them was likely the impetus to bring the 27-year-old Butler on board.