NFL Rumors: Will Donald Butler return on Sunday?

By Kenny Gardner
Donald Butler San Diego Chargers
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA Today Sports

Donald Butler was a third round pick by the San Diego Chargers in round three of the 2010 NFL Draft.  Butler suffered an Achilles tendon injury prior to the 2010 season and missed all 16 games.

Butler led San Diego with 75 tackles during his rookie season which included 10 in the final game of the 2011 season against the Oakland Raiders.  Butler also led San Diego with two forced fumbles last season.

Butler started 11 games at inside linebacker before injuring his groin in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens.  He was second on the team in tackles before he got hurt.

According to Michael Gehlken of, Butler is expected to start tomorrow against the New York Jetswas limited in practice on Wednesday, but was a full participant on Thursday.

San Diego’s head coach Norv Turner said “He’s moving around, and he had another good day Wednesday.  He didn’t have any setbacks, so I expect him to be OK.”

The Chargers are vastly improved against the run because they ranked 20th in fewest yards per attempt last season.  San Diego has a 5-9 record this season and their run defense has been one of the few bright spots.

San Diego allows 3.8 yards per rushing attempt and has allowed seven rushing touchdowns which both rank fifth in the NFL.  Butler has been a big part of this and his return will be a welcomed addition.

Butler started all 16 games for San Diego last season after missing the entire 2010 season and missed three games this season.  Butler is 24 years old, so if he can avoid injuries, he should have a bright future with the Chargers.


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