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Malcolm Butler to play through hip injury: 'Got to show that toughness'

Malcolm Butler said he'll be ready to go against the Broncos despite a hip injury. Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler injured his hip late in the third quarter of Monday's victory over the Baltimore Ravens, which has limited his participation in practice this week. But he said Thursday that he shouldn't be limited when it counts Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

"I'm feeling good," Butler relayed earlier Thursday. "Most definitely [going to be OK]."

On Monday, Butler missed four plays after tackling Ravens running back Terrance West on a 1-yard run, a play in which Butler might have been affected by "friendly fire" from defensive end Rob Ninkovich. He had remained down on the field, with members of the athletic training staff coming to check on him. Soon enough, Butler was high-stepping off the field.

"I was trying to stay loose," he said, as he stayed on the sideline for four plays before returning.

"Got to show that toughness," he said.

That included some competitive, back-and-forth moments with Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., including one play in the first quarter when he was penalized for unnecessary roughness for slamming Smith to the ground on Kyle Juszczyk's 40-yard reception, and then another when he buried Smith into the ground on a powerful jam.

"I was just playing good, aggressive, legal football; that's the way you have to play," he said of the jam.

As for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, Butler didn't feel the desire to get too expansive.

"Same thing we've been seeing -- two good wide receivers, a good defense, good running backs, a good team. The only thing you can do is go out there and play. Talking ain't going to do too much," he said.