Going into their week ten match-up against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts’ corner back Darius Butler had seen limited action so far this season. Before the team traveled to Jacksonville for their Thursday night primetime game to kick off week ten, Butler had only accumulated seven tackles in two previous games. By the time the game against the Jaguars was over, Butler’s stats for this season had been padded substantially.
Butler, who was thrust into the starting lineup due to injuries for Vontae Davis and Jerraud Powers, put on an amazing defensive display under the bright lights, and was named Defensive Player of the Week for week ten. Powers, a third-year defensive back, recovered a fumble, and had two interceptions against the Jaguars. He also took one of the interceptions back for his first touchdown of the season. Butler also added four tackles to his impressive night.
We can expect to see more of Butler this season, now that Powers is out for the rest of the year. His skills will be put to the test this week, as he must face Tom Brady and the high-powered New England Patriots offense. Butler was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, and appeared in 29 games over two years in New England.