Saints pass rusher Victor Butler tore his ACL at practice on Tuesday and is expected to miss the 2013 season according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Butler was expected to start opposite Will Smith.
The Contra Costa Times reports that Raiders rookie running back Latavius Murray remains sidelined during minicamp with a sore foot. Murray, a sixth-round pick from Central Florida, is competing with Rashad Jennings to be the No. 2 running back in Oakland behind Darren McFadden.
The Contra Costa Times reports the departure of Brandon Myers to the Giants in free agency left a huge void for the Raiders to fill at tight end. Myers led the Raiders in receptions last season, and he played almost every down, while David Ausberry and Richard Gordon bided their time on the sideline. Ausberry and Gordon are back for another crack at earning more playing time. The Raiders drafted Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera as a means of creating more competition. Its pretty wide open, coach Dennis Allen said. All those guys are doing a nice job. Obviously, its hurt not having Kasa (hamstring) out there because hes a guy we really anticipated being able to step-in and potentially fill a role for us. So, hopefully, well get him out there soon. The big thing, again, with those guys, just like it is with everyone else, its going to be the consistency issue because they are relatively young at the position.
Speaking to the Cardinals' official team website, receiver Larry Fitzgerald is sold on Carson Palmer as the guy to run the Arizona offense. The two have been working together pretty much since Palmer was traded to the team in early April. "There isn't a throw he can't make," Fitzgerald said. "Hes got great touch on intermediate passes, he can put zip on them, he can feather it in there. Hes got a tremendous arm. And he has the intelligence and experience to go out and make the plays. I've seen him do it. I mean, he threw for 4,000 yards in Oakland."