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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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  • Raiders' Vernon Butler: Lands on NFI list

    Butler (undisclosed) was placed on the active/non-football injury list by the Raiders on Thursday. It's unclear exactly why Las Vegas added Butler to the team's NFI list, but he will continue to count against the team's 90-man roster throughout the course of training camp. The 28-year-old defensive tackle collected just 11 tackles over 10 games in a reserve role with Buffalo last season.
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  • Raiders' Vernon Butler: Heading to Vegas

    Butler signed a one-year contract with the Raiders on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Butler spent the past two seasons in Buffalo and will now continue his career in the AFC West. The 27-year-old filled a reserve role in the defensive line rotation and should work similarly with the Raiders.
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  • Bills' Vernon Butler: Sits for third straight

    Butler was inactive for Monday's game in Tennessee. The 2016 first-rounder signed a handsome free-agent deal with the Bills in March 2020, but he's clearly fallen out of favor as the team has stacked its defensive line while coming at teams in waves of rotations. With the Bills playing so well and Butler a healthy scratch for three straight contests, it looks like he'll need an injury in front of him to re-prove his worth.
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  • Bills' Vernon Butler: Lands on COVID list

    Butler (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. Butler has entered the health and safety protocols and must clear said protocols before rejoining the team. He has more than two weeks to return before the season opener Sept. 12 against the Steelers.
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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: Contract restructured

    Butler agreed Wednesday to restructure his contract with the Bills, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports. The exact terms of Butler's restructure haven't yet been disclosed, but the new deal will free up additional cap space for Buffalo. Unless both sides also come to terms on an extension, Butler will play out the final year of his contract with the Bills in 2021.
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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 limited practice

    Butler, who missed the Week 8 contest against the Patriots due to a groin injury, was able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday. The Bills defense held up fine against the Patriots in an important victory Sunday, but we imagine the team would prefer to have the interior lineman back this week as it tries to slow down Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in a high-powered Week 9 meeting.
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  • Bills' Vernon Butler: Will miss major divisional tilt

    Butler (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. While the Bills aren't as banged up as the rival Patriots, they have some notable injuries as well, mostly on the defensive side of the ball. The loss of Butler could be felt by a defense that's been gashed against the run lately, an area the Pats are likely to attack given how much they've struggled in the passing game this season.
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  • Bills' Vernon Butler: Another DNP

    Butler (groin) did not practice for the second straight day Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots. It looks like the starting defensive tackle is truly a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Patriots, a troubling thought considering the team has allowed 484 rushing yards over the past three games. That's something a strategic genius like Bill Belichick will be sure to try to take advantage of.
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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: Status uncertain for Sunday

    Butler (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Jets, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. Butler started the week as a limited participant but worked at full speed Thursday and Friday, so he should be ready to go Sunday barring a setback. The 26-year-old is in line to start at defensive tackle for the Bills to begin the season. He recorded 32 tackles and six sacks over 14 games with the Panthers last year.
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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: Days could be numbered in Carolina

    Butler could be waived by the Panthers after getting ejected from Sunday's loss to the Colts after punching Jack Doyle, David Newton of ESPN reports. Interim coach Perry Fewell said "all options are open", and benching for the season finale against the Saints is also on the table. This was a prove-it season for the 2016 first-round pick, as the Panthers didn't pick up his 2020 option, but Butler picked up the pace this season with a career-high six sacks through 13 games.
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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: Gets fifth sack

    Butler had two solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's 40-20 loss to the Falcons. Butler is enjoying his best season as a pro, as he now sports 24 tackles and five sacks through 11 games. After the Panthers declined his fifth-year option last offseason, Butler will push to finish strong ahead of free agency this spring.
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