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Darius Butler | Defensive Back | #20

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 188
College: Connecticut
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (41) / NE
Contract: view contract details

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Colts CB Darius Butler left Saturday's preseason game with a left ankle injury.
He's done for the night. Before getting hurt, Butler intercepted a pass that was dropped by Eagles wideout Nelson Agholor. Butler had his ankle wrapped on the sideline, suggesting his exit may have been precautionary. The Colts can't afford another injury to their secondary with Vontae Davis (ankle) already on the shelf. Aug 27 - 8:14 PM

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Colts CB Darius Butler has been spending time at safety in training camp.

"He’s got great versatility," DC Ted Monachino said. "The safety position requires a little more communication than either the nickel or the corner position and he is a pro at that." Butler has been the Colts' primary No. 3 cornerback over the past three seasons, but wasn't effective in 2015. Spending more time at safety would create an opening for 2015 third-rounder D'Joun Smith.
Aug 1 - 3:21 PM

Colts CB Darius Butler has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 9.

Butler gets the nod after picking off Peyton Manning to seal the Colts' win over the previously-undefeated Broncos. It's actually kind of amazing the league wasn't able to find a better performance. Butler has been thoroughly mediocre much of the season and allowed 3-of-4 passes in his coverage to be caught against Manning. Butler mans the slot for Indy in sub-packages.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 10:04:00 AM

Colts CB Darius Butler (hip) is out for Week 3 against the Titans.

This marks his second straight absence. The Colts will go with Vontae Davis, Jalil Brown and Sheldon Price at corner this week against rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota. Butler is day to day.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 02:54:00 PM

Colts CB Darius Butler (hip) remains day to day.

Butler struggled in Week 1 before missing Week 2, but the Colts need him to get healthy with Vontae Davis (concussion) and Greg Toler (neck) both ailing. Indy gets the Titans and Marcus Mariota in Week 3.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 04:11:00 PM

Colts CBs Darius Butler (hip) and Greg Toler (neck) will not play Week 2 against the Jets.

Toler missed Week 1 as well. Butler started in his place, but struggled before injuring his hip. With both sidelined, Jalil Brown and Sheldon Price will get snaps opposite Vontae Davis.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 12:59:00 PM

Colts re-signed CB Darius Butler.

29-year-old Butler has spent the last three seasons as Indy's slot corner, piling up eight interceptions and three forced fumbles during that span. He has too many hiccups in pass coverage, but the team clearly values his reliability and playmaking ability. He plays between Vontae Davis and Greg Toler.
Sun, Mar 8, 2015 09:36:00 PM

Colts declared CB Darius Butler, OLB Victor Butler, OG Hugh Thornton, OG Jack Mewhort, C Khaled Holmes, DT Kelcy Quarles and DT Arthur Jones inactive for Week 6 against the Texans.

Not including their players on injured reserve, of course, the Colts enter Week 6 relatively healthy.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 07:25:00 PM

Colts re-signed CB Darius Butler to a two-year contract.

The 26-year-old onetime second-round bust resurrected his career in Indianapolis last season, recording four interceptions as the slot corner between Vontae Davis and Jerraud Powers. The Colts now have a formidable top-three cornerback trio with Greg Toler and Davis on the outside, and Butler covering slot receivers. Indy could still afford to add a safety, upgrading on Tom Zbikowski.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 08:38:00 PM

The Colts remain in talks with in-house free agent CBs Darius Butler and Jerraud Powers.

The Indianapolis Star reported Friday the Colts hoped to bring back Powers, who was benched for Butler before landing on injured reserve with a toe injury. Butler would presumably be in the mix for a starting job, but it wouldn't be handed to him.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 07:07:00 PM

Darius Butler had supplanted Jerraud Powers as a starting corner even before Powers' season-ending toe injury.

Butler was a second-round pick in 2009 that flamed out in New England and was later cut by the Panthers. Now he's thriving in Indy. "That's the whole beauty of the mantra 'next man up.' Don't give it up, once you get it," interim coach Bruce Arians said. "(GM) Ryan (Grigson) gave (Butler) an opportunity to reclaim a career and he's making the best of it." Butler had two interceptions and returned one of them for a touchdown in last Thursday's win over the Jags.
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 11:35:00 AM

Colts signed CB Darius Butler.

The Colts head into their bye really thin in the secondary as Vontae Davis (ankle) and Justin King (groin) are both week to week. They'll need all the corners they can get with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on the schedule Week 5. Butler has been on the street since getting cut by the Panthers just before Week 1.
Tue, Sep 25, 2012 11:22:00 AM

Panthers waived/injured CB Darius Butler.

A second-round pick of the Patriots in 2009, Butler started six games last season, but struggled mightily in coverage. Butler hasn't notched a pick since his rookie year, but should eventually crack a roster as a special teamer/reserve slot corner.
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 03:51:00 PM

Panthers CB Darius Butler (personal) is not expected to play in Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Ron Rivera said Friday that he called Butler and told him he needs to stay with his family, so it's unlikely he plays in Week 8. Butler's infant daughter recently underwent heart surgery and reportedly had a setback but is doing well. After being claimed off waivers from New England in September he's maintained nickel/slot duties for the Panthers this season. Josh Thomas and R.J. Stanford will be promoted in his absence.
Sun, Oct 30, 2011 08:00:00 AM

Panthers claimed CB Darius Butler off waivers from the Patriots.

As expected, the Panthers wasted no time in using their No. 1 waiver spot on the 41st overall pick in the 2009 draft. Butler was New England's best corner through offseason practices last season, but quickly fell out of favor once the season started. He's a worthwhile investment for a team in need of a starter opposite Chris Gamble.
Tue, Sep 6, 2011 07:42:00 PM

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