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Report: Darius Butler not traveling with Colts, will miss Sunday’s game

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This shouldn’t come as any surprise, but ESPN’s Field Yates reports that Colts cornerback Darius Butler isn’t traveling with the team to London and will miss this Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Butler was injured in the Colts’ loss to the Denver Broncos in week two. He picked off a pass and had a wide open field in front of him for a would-be pick-six, but he suffered a hamstring injury and fell down on the play. He’s listed as week-to-week with the injury and hasn’t practiced since, so there is absolutely no surprise about him not playing and it was expected.

While Butler is the team’s nickel corner (not starting corner, like Yates wrote), it’s still a significant loss - though not nearly as much as it would have been previously. Now, the Colts are actually pretty healthy at cornerback. They’ll have Vontae Davis, Antonio Cromartie, and Patrick Robinson all healthy for Sunday’s game, and that could allow them to use Robinson as the nickel cornerback - which would certainly be an upgrade over Butler at the spot. Then with Darryl Morris and Rashaan Melvin adding depth at the position, the Colts should be absolutely fine at cornerback.