Victor Butler LB NO 8 Days

After a fast start to training camp, Butler (undisclosed) has been sidelined for nearly two weeks, including missing Wednesday's final practice in West Virginia, with an undisclosed injury, reports ESPN.com.

In the Saints' unofficial depth chart released last week in advance of the team's first preseason game, Butler was listed behind both Junior Galette and Keyunta Dawson at one of the starting outside linebacker positions. Butler's shot at a starting spot - and his path of fantasy relevance - is in serious jeopardy, and he may even find himself out of a roster spot if he can't show the Saints he can stay on the field.

Victor Butler LB NO 3 Months

Saints OLB Victor Butler has been a full participant in OTAs.

Victor Butler LB NO 4 Months

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reports the team had "high hopes" for OLB Victor Butler before he tore his ACL last June.

Butler inked a two-year deal last March but missed the 2013 season. His return should give New Orleans' pass rush a big jolt. Butler managed 11 sacks across four seasons in Dallas on very limited snaps behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. Butler's addition should allow DC Rob Ryan to play more odd fronts.

Victor Butler LB NO 6 Months

Saints OLB Victor Butler could have voided the 2014 season on his contract by playing 57.5 percent of New Orleans' 2013 defensive downs.

Instead, Butler remains the Saints' property for $1.4 million after missing the entire season with a torn ACL. Still just 26 years old, Butler's healthy return could give DC Rob Ryan's defense a 2014 spark. He was a very efficient pass rusher in Dallas, despite playing limited snaps behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. The Saints need an explosive bookend for Junior Galette.

Victor Butler LB NO 7 Months

Saints OLB Victor Butler (knee) hopes to be full go for OTAs.

Victor Butler LB NO 8 Months

Saints placed OLB Victor Butler on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

Butler had been on reserve/PUP after tearing his ACL in June. His three-week window to be activated closed on Wednesday. Butler was never expected to contribute this season. He signed a two-year, $3 million deal last March.

Victor Butler LB NO 9 Months

Saints OLB Victor Butler (knee, PUP) has resumed practicing.

The Saints now have a three-week window to activate Butler. He's just four months removed from tearing up his knee, and is not expected to contribute this season despite today's news. Butler is signed through 2014. Provided he's healthy, he should earn a roster spot next summer. Butler was viewed as an ascendant player before going down.

Victor Butler LB NO 12 Months

Saints placed OLB Victor Butler (ACL surgery) on the reserve/PUP list.

Butler is technically eligible to return in Week 8, but is fully expected to miss the whole season after going down in June. Perhaps the Saints' dire pass-rushing situation has them taking an optimistic view with Butler's recovery, but it's a hail mary that's not going to connect. Signed through 2014, Butler should be 100 percent for next summer's camp. He was an ascendant player before going down.

Victor Butler LB NO Jul 23 '13

Saints placed OLB Victor Butler (ACL surgery) on the active/PUP list.

Whereas many active/PUPers come off the list to practice in camp, that won't be happening with Butler. He'll be transferred to the reserve/PUP list at final cuts. Butler tore the ACL at June minicamps. Reserve/PUP costs players a minimum of six games, but Butler is an extreme long shot to play in 2013.

Victor Butler LB NO Jun 13 '13

Saints OLB Victor Butler will undergo ACL reconstructive surgery on Tuesday.

Butler tore his ACL in practice on Wednesday in a collision with Mark Ingram. He'll almost certainly be placed on season-ending injured reserve. Martez Wilson is in the driver's seat for the starting SAM linebacker spot opposite Junior Galette. Butler's injury may force the Saints to keep Will Smith.