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Former Husky Donald Butler Tears Achilles

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The first Husky taken in the 2010 NFL Draft, and one of only two taken, linebacker Donald Butler is out for the season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon. Butler was selected 79 overall by the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers traded up with San Francisco to acquire Butler, exchanging its 2010 third-round pick (91 overall) a 2010 sixth-round selection and a 2011 fourth-round selection to move up 12 places. That is a steep price and evidence the Chargers had locked into Butler.


Butler was a standout performer for an otherwise retched Huskies defense. He played his first two seasons and started as a junior and senior. His senior season was his big breakout. He had 83 tackles including 15.5 for a loss.


That propelled him up draft boards. Butler was selected at 79 and teammate Daniel Te'o-Nesheim was selected seven picks later. Recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon takes months of rehabilitation, can sometimes take as much as two years to feel fully recovered from and has been known to end careers. Butlers has youth on his side, as he's not yet 22. Good luck, Dawg.