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Cardinals Re-Sign Punter Drew Butler

Had been released with calf injury; Team cuts Quigley

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The Cardinals re-signed punter Drew Butler Tuesday.


The Cardinals are bringing back Drew Butler.

The punter, who was released Oct. 4 because he suffered a calf injury and the Cardinals needed a roster spot, took an injury settlement at the time. Now that he's sat out the requisite six weeks, the team re-signed him Tuesday and cut punter Ryan Quigley.

Quigley averaged 41.6 yards on his 34 punts for the Cards, with a net of 37.2 yards a kick. He had 13 punts inside the 20,

two touchbacks and one crucial punt blocked in the Seattle game.

Before he got hurt – and Butler's initial ankle injury hampered his efforts before he was re-injured – Butler averaged 40.3 yards on 15 punts, with a 33.7 net. Six of those kicks were downed inside the 20 with no touchbacks.

Butler will also reclaim his job as holder, which Quigley took when he replaced Butler.

Butler initially hurt his ankle the third week in Buffalo. He played through the injury, but then hurt his calf the following week against the Rams.

Butler had been released the same day safety Tyvon Branch and running back Chris Johnson were placed on injured reserve. One of those players is eligible to return from IR to practice this week if the Cardinals so choose; any player who comes off IR this week can first play Dec. 4 against Washington.

Coach Bruce Arians said Monday the team had not yet decided who was coming off IR. Linebacker Alani Fua, who went on IR the week before Branch and Johnson with a knee injury, is also a candidate to be brought back, Arians said. 



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