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56 Donald Butler OLB

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Player Updates

September 27, 2016 11:34 PM
Dolphins' Donald Butler: Could start Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 like a game-time decision. Butler has only been with the Dolphins for a little over two weeks, but the team has been anxious to see what he can do with an expanded role.

September 21, 2016 08:32 PM
Dolphins' Donald Butler: Expected to play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler is expected to make his Miami debut Sunday versus the Browns, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

The Dolphins signed Butler after Week 1, and he now has practiced enough that he's ready for game action. He is expected to backup at MLB and play on special teams.

September 16, 2016 01:04 AM
Dolphins' Donald Butler: Unlikely to play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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).

September 14, 2016 01:44 AM
Dolphins' Donald Butler: Signed by the Dolphins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 a thin linebackers 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 in a backup role, as he'll compete with Spencer Paysinger, Neville Hewitt, and Mike Hull for reps.

September 2, 2016 05:58 PM
Donald Butler: Cut by Cards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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, he'll now be looking for his third team in a matter of months.

July 27, 2016 03:26 PM
Cardinals' Donald Butler: Inks deal with Cardinals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 3, 2016 01:55 PM
Donald Butler: Released by Chargers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Chargers released Butler on Thursday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Butler's production dwindled as the season proceeded, with no more than one tackle on the ledger in all but one of the Chargers' last eight games. Overall, he totaled 43 tackles (24 solo), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and a half sack in the first complete 16-game slate since his first in 2011. Expect the 27-year-old to land in another organization to provide depth at inside linebacker, at the very least.

February 23, 2016 03:57 PM
Chargers' Donald Butler: May be released this offseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler could be released this offseason, Tom Krasovic of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

This is somewhat surprising considering Butler signed a massive seven year contract just two seasons ago. Butler seemed to fall out of the defensive rotation as the 2015 season progressed, with rookie linebacker Denzel Perryman seemingly taking over the starting linebacker job alongside Manti Te'o after the team's Week 10 bye. While Butler is just 27 years-old, he's failed to register one season with 100-plus tackles, and has only managed to play in all 16 games just twice in his five year career, so it remains to be seen what kind of market may surface for the former Washington standout if he does wind up on the open market.

June 5, 2015 04:24 AM
Chargers' Donald Butler underwent surgeries during offseason
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Chargers linebacker Donald Butler revealed Monday that he underwent surgeries sometime during the offseason, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

"I had a couple of surgeries," Butler said. "I got those out of the way."

Butler refused to elaborate on the type of surgery he underwent. His season ended in Game 14 last season after he suffered a dislocated elbow.

"The reason why I played bad was, I just played bad," he said. "It happens."

June 1, 2015 03:06 PM
Chargers LB Donald Butler looks to have better focus in 2015
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

The Chargers have a new linebacker coach in Mike Nolan. After speaking with Nolan, linebacker Donald Butler is looking to improve his focus this upcoming season, reports the UT San Diego.

"What I see is a guy who wants to get his game back in order," Nolan said. "Hopefully, he does it. He's said that he has a much better focus this year than he had last as far as his offseason goes. I'm very hopeful that he comes back in tip-top shape. We can start working on the things I hope to be able to teach him, to help him out and make him a better player."

Butler was expected to be a three-down linebacker for the Chargers last year. But as the 2014 season wore on, he was relegated to playing in the base defense. 

Butler is entering his sixth season in the NFL after missing his entire rookie season due to injury. Over his career, the 26-year-old has 330 total tackles, 6.5 sacks, 12 passes defensed, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.

June 2, 2015 04:45 AM
Chargers place LB Donald Butler on injured reserve
by Larry Hartstein |

The Chargers put linebacker Donald Butler on injured reserve after he dislocated his elbow Sunday against the Broncos, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Butler finishes the year with 73 tackles and a sack in 14 games.

June 2, 2015 04:46 AM
Chargers LB Donald Butler dislocates left elbow, eligible for IR
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Chargers linebacker Donald Butler suffered a dislocated elbow Sunday against the Broncos and the team is considering placing him on IR. 

Butler is a candidate for the designation but may not be placed as coach Mike McCoy said "We are exploring our options."

Butler had 73 total tackles and one sack this year in San Diego. 

June 2, 2015 04:56 AM
Chargers list Week 14 inactives vs. Patriots
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Chargers have rulled the following players as inactive for Sunday night's Week 14 matchup with the Patriots: nose tackles Ryan Carrethers (elbow) and Damion Square, running back Ronnie Brown, wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, guard Jeff Baca, tight end David Johnson and linebacker Cordarro Law.

Carrethers had already been ruled out for Sunday's game so his absence won't be unexpected. The team does have all three of its questionable players available for action, as linebacker Donald Butler (quad) and offensive linemen D.J. Fluker (concussion) and Chris Watt (calf) are active. Also active are all the team's probable players, including quarterback Philip Rivers (chest), defensive tackle Corey Liuget (knee) and linebacker Andrew Gachkar (knee).

June 2, 2015 04:59 AM
Chargers' Butler skips practice with quad issue, questionable for Sunday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Chargers linebacker Donald Butler was a late addition to the injury report after skipping Friday's practice with a quad injury. The team has officially ruled him as questionable for Sunday's game against New England.

June 2, 2015 06:09 AM
Chargers list 16 players on Week 6 injury report
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Chargers listed 16 players on their final injury report leading up to Week 6 at Oakland. Running backs Donald Brown (concussion) and Ryan Mathews (knee), along with linebacker Manti Te'o (foot) and cornerback Shareece Wright (knee) were ruled out for Sunday.

Deemed questionable were the following players: wide receiver Malcom Floyd (calf), tackle D.J. Fluker (ankle), outside linebackers Jarret Johnson (back, ankle) and Cordarro Law (ankle), offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger (back), safety Darrell Stuckey (quad) and linebacker Reggie Walker (ankle).

Wide receiver Keenan Allen (quad), outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) and Dwight Freeney (knee), inside linebacker Donald Butler (shoulder) and tight end David Johnson (knee, shoulder) were the only players ruled probable for the game.

June 2, 2015 06:16 AM
Chargers probables good to go
by Chris Cwik |

The Chargers probable are good to go Week 5 against the Jets.

Donald Butler, Malcom Floyd, Ladarius Green, Jarret Johnson, Cordarro Law and Jason Verrett are all active for the game. All six entered considered probable, so their availability shouldn't come as a surprise. 

June 2, 2015 06:18 AM
Chargers release final Week 5 injury report
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Chargers listed three players as questionable to play in Week 5 on Friday's final injury report, including linebacker Dwight Freeney (knee), defensive tackle Corey Liuget (concussion) and tight end David Johnson (shoudler).

Freeney didn't practice Thursday but was able to work in limited fashion on Wednesday and Friday. Johnson and Liuget returned to a full practice Friday.

The Chargers listed five players as probable to face the Jets in Week 5, including tight end Ladarius Green (hamstring), cornerback Jason Verrett (hamstring) and linebackers Donald Butler (shoulder), Jarret Johnson (shoulder) and Cordarro Law (ankle).

The following players have been ruled out for Week 5 action: running back Ryan Mathews (knee), offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger (back), cornerback Shareece Wright (knee) and linebackers Manti Te'o (foot), Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) and Reggie Walker (ankle).

June 2, 2015 06:46 AM
Chargers DST shows promise
by Larry Hartstein |

The Chargers DST showed big-play potential in Monday's 18-17 loss at Arizona.

Linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu blocked a punt and had a blindside strip-sack of Philip Rivers, with linebacker Dwight Freeney recovering. Safety Marcus Gilchrist jarred the ball loose from running back Andre Ellington, with linebacker Donald Butler recovering. Attaochu and defensive end Corey Liuget each finished with one sack.

The Chargers DST plays the Seahawks in Week 2.

June 1, 2015 10:20 PM
Donald Butler focusing on durability
by Larry Hartstein |

Chargers middle linebacker Donald Butler, who just signed a multiyear contract to stay with the team, has missed 24 of a possible 64 games in his four-year career. A groin injury kept him out of four games each of the past two seasons.

“My biggest thing is I need to be on the field for all 16 games,” Butler said, per ESPN.com. “Obviously, the last two years, both years, I missed four games because of the same injury. To me, that’s unacceptable.

“You get paid to play all 16 games, and so my biggest thing is now I fully understand what I have to do this offseason to make sure that, come the regular season, I’m ready to go -- and that’s all 16 games, along with the playoff run we intend to make.”

June 1, 2015 10:22 PM
Donald Butler staying with Chargers
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Chargers and linebacker Donald Butler have agreed to a new contract, according to Butler's official Twitter feed.

Butler, 25, wrote on Friday "feeling blessed" and the "deal is done." He was scheduled to be a free agent this offseason. 

Butler had 84 tackles with just a half-sack and one interception in 13 games last year. His sack total was the lowest of his career.

Schedule
WeekDateOpp.TDSacksIntFF
29/18/16NE0000
39/25/16CLE0000
49/29/16CIN0000
510/9/16TEN0000
610/16/16PIT0000
710/23/16BUF0000
911/6/16NYJ0000
1011/13/16SD0000
1111/20/16LAR0000
1211/27/16SF0000
1312/4/16BAL0000
1412/11/16ARI0000
1512/17/16NYJ0000
1612/24/16BUF0000
171/1/17NE0000
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
710/20/19@ BUF1:00 pm
810/28/19@ PIT8:15 pm
911/3/19NYJ1:00 pm
1011/10/19@ IND4:05 pm
1111/17/19BUF1:00 pm
1211/24/19@ CLE1:00 pm
1312/1/19PHI1:00 pm
1412/8/19@ NYJ1:00 pm
1512/15/19@ NYG1:00 pm
1612/22/19CIN1:00 pm
1712/29/19@ NE1:00 pm
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2010 000.000000.0000
2011 169678.0182122.0202
2012 127750.027312121.02114
2013 138471.0130.513030.03004
2014 147345.0281000.0002
2015 164324.0190.5000.0000
2016Miami Dolphins142817.0110000.0000
TOTAL85401285.0116735317.730112
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2010 000000000
2011 16002013711
2012 1200200000
2013 1300001010
2014 1400003030
2015 1600101110
2016Miami Dolphins1400000000
TOTAL85005063861
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/242
Birthdate:
10/17/1988
Age:
31
Hometown:
Sacramento, CA, USA
School:
Washington
NFL Experience:
8
Awards: