The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts cornerback Darius Butler has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 10. This marks the first time Butler has earned the award in his career.
In Butler’s first start of the season, he contributed with two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and one fumble recovery in a 27-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Butler became the first Colt to record three-or-more takeaways in a game since Mike Prior in 1992. Since moving to Indianapolis in 1984, the Colts have had only two other players record three-or-more takeaways in a single game.
The interceptions for Butler were the fourth and fifth of his career and first since 2009. He now holds career totals of 98 tackles (87 solo), 26 passes defensed and five interceptions in 46 games played (15 starts).
A little over a month ago, Butler was out of a job, having been cut in the preseason by the Carolina Panthers. The Colts signed them going into their bye week simply because injuries had robbed them of having enough practice bodies.
Butler worked on learning the Colts' system, and when both Jerraud Powers and Vontae Davis were inactive last Thursday in Jacksonville, he was give the start. The results were certainly what the Colts were hoping for and more.
With Powers now out for the season, Butler will get the opportunity this weekend to take on the team that drafted him, the New England Patriots. Despite being a second round pick of New England in 2009, the Patriots waived Butler prior to the start of the 2011 season. To go into New England and replicate his performance from last Thursday would certainly be most satisfying.Tags: Darius Butler, Football, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Colts, NFL