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Butler working to get back in the rotation

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  October 29, 2010 06:30 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots corner Darius Butler lost his starting job after Week 2 and has been fighting ever since to get back in the mix.

This week, he was recognized as the team's practice player of the week for his work helping the team prepare for its victory against the San Diego Chargers.

Each week, Butler said he is working to get back into the cornerback rotation but he also is using his chances at practice to help prepare his teammates.

"I'm still helping the team in some way," Butler said. "In practice whether it's helping to get the offense ready or giving them a good look for somebody and doing my job on defense, whatever their role is for me I do it. I take it one day at a time really."

Defensive backs coach Josh Boyer said that the team feels good about Butler and where he is at this point.

"He's working hard to get better each and every day," Boyer said. "He's another guy who puts in his time and comes in for practice and works hard. When we put him out there, we have the utmost confidence he'll make plays for us."

In the meantime, Butler said all he can do is practice and wait.

"I'm always ready," Butler said. "I go into practice every day like I'm going to be a starter because you never know what's going to happen whether it's a gameplan thing or an injury thing or anything, so you could be thrown into the mix at any time."
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