August 18, 2011

Saints bring back CB Butler; Barron to IR

The Saints have signed CB Quincy Butler, a player who was a Saint for a matter of days last October.

Butler, 6'1, 188, 27, helps keep enough healthy bodies on the roster with the injury status of Tracy Porter (knee), Johnny Patrick (knee), and Leigh Torrence (hip) up in the air. None of those three practiced on Wednesday though Porter has returned to practice limitedly this week.

Butler was waived by the Rams after the 2010 preseason and without a team until the Saints signed him in late October.  Before Butler was active for a game, the Saints waived him to make room for FS Darren Sharper, who was activated from off the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Butler would get picked up again by the Rams, and play the final six games in St. Louis.  The Rams actually started Butler against the Saints two months later.

Butler, 26, entered the league in 2006 with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent, and could not get on the field.

He eventually made his way to St. Louis, where he became a starter on a bad St. Louis defense last season, starting seven games for the Rams including a five-tackle performance in a closer-than-expected loss to New Orleans last November 15. He does not have any career interceptions.

Butler was also on the Saints' practice squad briefly in 2008.

Veteran T Alex Barron, signed on August 3, had only a handful of practices before suffering a left knee injury.  The Saints placed him on season-ending injured reserve today.

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