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56 Donald Butler ILB
Height/Weight: 6-1/242 | Birthdate: 10/17/1988 | Birthplace: Sacramento, CA, USA | Team: San Diego | College: Washington | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 25/13
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Chargers DST shows promise


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) 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.

Donald Butler focusing on durability


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) 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.”


Donald Butler staying with Chargers


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) 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.


Re-signing Donald Butler a priority for the Bolts


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) Free-agent-to-be linebacker Donald Butler might not be a free agent at all if the Chargers can help it. The team views him as a leader and someone they'd like to bring back, general manager Tom Telesco told U-T San Diego

"He's our starting Mike linebacker, and he played at a pretty good level this year," Telesco said. "I thought he played really well in the playoffs. He's young. I think his game is still continuing to improve. He's a guy we'd love to have back, and hopefully, he feels the same."

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.


Chargers, Donald Butler talking extension


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) The Chargers and representatives for linebacker Donald Butler have resumed contract negotiation talks, ESPN has learned. The team might have to use the franchise tag on him if they don't have a deal done before the start of free agency, though that could be tough on them given their limited salary cap space.

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.


GM: Chargers to discuss deal with Donald Butler


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) Contract negotiations between the Chargers and inside linebacker Donald Butler will resume after the Super Bowl. That's the word from general manager Tom Telesco, per the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Brown, whose deal runs out in March, was moderately productive in 2013. He recorded 84 tackles, but managed just a half-sack and one interception. His sack total was the lowest of his career.


Three Chargers dealing with concussions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) Chargers linebackers Manti Te'o and Donald Butler and cornerback Marcus Gilchrist suffered concussions in the playoff loss at Denver, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Chargers DST can't get off the field


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Despite losing several players to injury, the Chargers DST did not get blown away by the Broncos' top-ranked offense in the 24-17 playoff loss at Denver. But San Diego could not get its defense off the field.

Denver converted 9 of 13 third downs and controlled the ball for more than 35 minutes. 

The Chargers DST forced two turnovers, cornerback Richard Marshall recovering tight end Julius Thomas' fumble and linebacker Donald Butler intercepting a deflected pass in the end zone. The unit produced no sacks.


Trio of injured Colts practicing on Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/1/2014) Three ailing Colts were all practice participants on Wednesday in preparation for the Saturday playoff game against the visiting Chiefs. Free safety Donald Butler (quad), wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee) and defensive back Sergio Brown (groin) were green-lighted for action.

Donald Butler's six stops lead the way


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) Chargers linebacker Donald Butler had a solid game Thursday, leading the team in tackles in a 27-20 win over the Broncos in Week 15. Butler had six stops -- all solo -- in the win.

He has 70 tackles in 11 games, one season after racking up 77 in 12 games. 


Donald Butler records first INT of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Chargers linebacker Donald Butler came down with an interception during Sunday’s contest against the Giants in Week 14.

Butler picked off Eli Manning for his first interception of the year. The Chargers would score on the ensuing drive. Butler finished the game with five total tackles (three solo) in a 37-14 victory.

Donald Butler paces Chargers with 10 stops


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Chargers linebacker Donald Butler made a team-high 10 tackles, nine solo, in the loss to the Bengals. It was the second time he posted double-digit tackles this season.

Four Chargers should play Week 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Chargers LB Donald Butler, OL Chad Rinehart, P Mike Scifres and LB Tourek Williams are active Week 10 against the Broncos.

All four players were listed as probable on the team's injury report. Scifres should be able to handle normal punting duties. 


Chargers linebackers seeking clearance for Sunday action


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2013) Chargers starting linebackers Jarret Johnson and Donald Butler are on the team's injury list posted Friday. Johnson (hamtring) has been deemed questionable for the game Sunday against Denver while Butler is probable with a groin injury.

Donald Butler returns to practice field


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2013) Chargers inside linebacker Donald Butler could be close to coming back from a groin injury if his participation in practice Wednesday is any indication. Butler has missed the last three games with the ailment.

His potential availability Sunday against Denver is only speculative. He had been listed as doutful for the Week 9 game against Washington before being ruled out.


Donald Butler out a third game


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Chargers linebacker Donald Butler, who is dealing with a groin injury, will miss a third consecutive game Sunday during Week 9 at Washington. Butler was ruled inactive for the Chargers. 

All but one Chargers defender in good shape for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) Several defensive players highlight the injury report submitted Friday by the Chargers. Among them is starting inside linebacker Donald Butler, who is doubtful and will likely miss his third straight game Sunday in Washington.

The others are end Lawrence Guy (toe), free safety Eric Weddle (toe) and linebacker Jarret Johnson (hamstring), all of whom are probable.

Offensive lineman Mike Remmers (ankle) is out.


Donald Butler still sidelined after bye


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2013) Chargers inside linebacker Donald Butler was unable to practice Monday due to a lingering groin injury, reports the Union-Tribune. The co-captain has missed the past two games and is in jeopardy of missing Sunday's visit to Washington.

"I'm taking it one day at a time," Butler said, per the paper. "I'm not getting too far ahead of myself. I feel better every day since I started resting it and it's gotten stronger every day. One day at a time."

San Diego was idle Week 8.


Chargers have two injured linebackers


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) The Chargers were dealing with injuries to two starting linebackers for Sunday's Week 7 game at Jacksonville. Donald Butler, who was doubtful for the game due to a groin injury, and Jarret Johnson, who had a hamstring issue and was questionable on the official injury report, are both inactive for the game. Butler had been a non-participant in practice all week while Johnson had been limited.

Chargers could be short on linebackers Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2013) Two starting linebackers could be sidelined Sunday for the Chargers. Donald Butler (groin) has been deemed doubtful for the game in Jacksonville while Jarret Johnson (hamstring) is questionable. Butler has been a non-participant in practice all week while Johnson has been limited.

One Chargers linebacker ahead in returning from injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2013) Chargers starting linebackers Donald Butler (groin) and Jarret Johnson (hamstring) are on different paths in recovering from their injuries. Johnson was limited in Thursday practice while Butler was out, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Chargers DST shows rare dominance


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2013) The Chargers DST, which came in as the second-worst Fantasy unit, put together a stunning performance Monday night without starting linebackers Donald Butler and Jarret Johnson. The defense held the Colts to 267 total yards and 2-of-10 third-down conversions.

San Diego won 19-9, marking the first time Andrew Luck did not account for a touchdown this season.

Cornerback Derek Cox tied for the team lead with five tackles and created the game's only turnover when he intercepted Luck late in the fourth quarter. The pass was high and deflected off Reggie Wayne's hand. Defensive end Kendall Reyes had a 9-yard sack.

The rejuvenated Chargers DST could have another strong outing Week 7 at Jacksonville.


Chargers linebacker Donald Butler unable to go


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2013) Chargers linebacker Donald Butler, who ranks second on the team with 31 tackles, is inactive for Monday night's game against the Colts due to a groin injury. Butler, who had been listed as questionable, was unable to practice Monday.

Chargers linebackers iffy for Monday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2013) Chargers linebackers Donald Butler, who is dealing with a groin injury, and Jarret Johnson, who has a hamstring issue, did not practice Saturday in preparation for the Week 6 Monday night game at home against Indianapolis.

Butler and Johnson are both considered questionable for the game on the official Week 6 injury report submitted Saturday.

Manti Te'o, Donald Butler get the green light for Week 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Chargers have listed linebackers Manti Te'o (foot) and Donald Butler (groin) active for Sunday's contest against the Cowboys at home in Week 4.

Te'o will be making his season debut. Butler has 15 total tackles and half a sack through three games.