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Victor Butler's stay in Arizona short-lived

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Victor Butler's stay with the Cardinals didn't last long, but he was able to see the weather get a little cooler and experience a monsoon.

Butler was released by the Cardinals on Tuesday, two weeks after he was signed. He was inactive for Arizona's win over San Francisco on Sept. 21.

He was brought in a few days before John Abraham was placed on injured reserve but didn't show coaches enough to warrant keeping him around. And with Alex Okafor returning from a thigh injury, Butler wasn't needed at outside linebacker. Two weeks ago, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said there was a possibility Butler was going to be active for the Niners' game but with punter Dave Zastudil and defensive lineman Alameda Ta'amu also inactive, the numbers game squeezed Butler out.

Butler missed all of last season on the physically unable to perform list with the New Orleans Saints because of a knee injury after spending the first four years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys.