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November 01, 2007

Remember Rashad Butler?

Panthers1    He's the offensive tackle the Panthers wasted a third-round pick on last season. They hung onto him last year and quietly urged him to bulk up. That never really happened and the Panthers released him in training camp.
   He's surfaced in Houston and the Texans expect to activate him Sunday.
   "He's come a long, long way," Texans coach Gary Kubiak told the Houston media. "I expect to go into the game with him as our swing tackle. He's been that good in practice."
   So how did Butler go from a bust to a steal in such a short time?
   It turns out there's a lot more to his story.
   Butler revealed to the Houston media that he has ulcerative colitis, which would explain his inability to keep weight on. Butler said the illness was first diagnosed after he went home to Florida following June workouts with the Panthers. Butler said he advised the Panthers of his condition when he reported to training camp, but he still had trouble keeping his weight up.
   He began taking medication (seven pills each morning), but said he didn't really start to get relief until after he signed with the Texans.
  "Soon as I went to the doctor out here, he attacked it a lot stronger than it was attacked when I was at home or in Carolina," Butler said. "Once he talked to me and everything, I kind of knew I was going to be on the rebound upward and everything."
   Butler said he's added about 15 pounds and said last year was a miserable experience.
   "Oh, man, it was hard because I just didn't have energy, really didn't have any strength," Butler said. "I mean, I was losing weight daily. At one time, I got down to about like 275, 270 -- you can't play O-line at that weight. I haven't been 270 since I want to say maybe like junior year in high school or whatever.
    "So I mean it was hard practicing, (getting) real tired easily, but I'm happy I got it under control now because that's something I don't want any athlete to ever go through."
   Kubiak said Butler has earned the respect of the coaches and his new teammates and that's why he'll be active this week.
   "The kid was very light," Kubiak said. "... He's out here playing extremely well in practice. Our players want him up. They want him up because of the way he's practicing, so he'll get his chance this week. He'll be up."


Posted by Observer Sports on November 1, 2007 at 10:25 PM | Permalink


That's way too long to read.

Do I remember Rashad Butler?

No, no I don't remember Rashad Butler.

What crime did he commit, that will refresh my memory. Was he the one that put a gun to that stripper's head?

Posted by: Will | Nov 1, 2007 10:36:55 PM

His body couldnt take the Humidty , he didnt practice or play that long in Miami and when he did it was a cool season,still a better option at T than Evan Mathis.I guess its a far thing though, Carr for Butler........

Posted by: stfu | Nov 1, 2007 10:38:51 PM

Great. Reeeal great.

Posted by: Marty Hurney | Nov 1, 2007 10:57:24 PM

Wow whats that like the 50th player the panthers have released to become a starter

Posted by: Mr Spock | Nov 1, 2007 11:03:50 PM

Thank you Carolinas Medical Center- official malpractice provider to the Carolina Panthers

Posted by: big fan | Nov 1, 2007 11:38:20 PM

'Dese Carolina Panthers have some real funny medical thingies!

-Panthers Team Doctor Nick Riviera

Posted by: Dr. Nick Riviera | Nov 2, 2007 12:34:43 AM

Absolutely, Mr. Spock. Please name them.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 2, 2007 12:56:16 AM

That would be a waste of my time ill pass.

Posted by: Mr Spock | Nov 2, 2007 2:52:08 AM

Better yet, name the non-starters on the Panthers other than Jarret, Drew Carter and Richard Marshall. Ask why we can't assemble decent special teams out of the remaining members of the Panthers who, by the way, all get paid a lot more than 99% of the people watching them. Special teams used to be the place that you busted your ass to try and get on the first team, now I don't know what the Panthers have on the field, but that fire isn't there.

Posted by: Willy | Nov 2, 2007 6:53:16 AM

Don't overreact to this. Butler just got activated to be a substitute on the worst OL in the NFL, due to injuries. If he goes to the Pro Bowl, that's the time to get ticked off.

Posted by: Authority on Everything | Nov 2, 2007 8:25:28 AM

Curious when your post is going to come out saying "Remember Eric Shelton? Now he's playing for the Patriots."

Remember Deon Grant?
Remember Marlon McCree?
Remember Will Witherspoon?
Remember Mushin Muhammad? (I bet Steve Smith does!)
And the list goes on...

Posted by: Ben | Nov 2, 2007 8:25:42 AM

Have you seen my new Bojangles commercial?

Posted by: Jerry Richardson | Nov 2, 2007 10:14:46 AM

What are the salary cap hits if Morgan and Kemo are gone after the season.

Posted by: ralph | Nov 2, 2007 10:50:23 AM

Imagine how pissed off Jake's agent is over his injury. He was becoming quite the pitchman. Maybe several Panthers can pitch appropriate companies:

Jake - Carolinas Medical Center
Jarret - Sylvan Learning Center
Carr - Dippity Doo (have to be old to know that one)
Morgan - DVD collection for Missing in Action
Vinny - Viagra of course.
Foster - Vaseline,based on fumbling
Smith - Valium
Fox - Vanishing Cream

Posted by: Willy | Nov 2, 2007 10:57:19 AM

THAT WAS FUNNY AS S**T, JERRY!!! Will, not sure if you were being ironical, but it was Jeremy Bridges that waved a gun at a stripper and it was D'Anthony Batiste who got pi**ed off at the world because he believed American blacks should be allowed to carried loaded weapons in their rides with illegally and highly tinted windows. He also emphasized the fact that he was a law official too, and knows better (that he shouldn't be harassed for it). Not so funny thing is, Bridges became a starter and Batiste made it until the final cut. WTF!?!

Posted by: SYRPIS | Nov 2, 2007 11:03:07 AM


Posted by: Carl Leazer | Nov 2, 2007 12:05:53 PM

Jeremy Bridges - National Rifle Association or Gentlemen's Club (with guest appearance by Pacman Jones)
Jenkins - Cheesecake Factory
Rucker - Brian Center Retirement Homes
Hoover - Wonder Bread (white)
Gamble - No Touch Car Washes
Mark Richardson - The Palm (he is that happy - get it?)
Jerry Richardson - Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

Posted by: Willy | Nov 2, 2007 12:08:00 PM

What I mean by "that would be a waste of time" is that I don't actually have an answer to back up my bullshit claim.

Posted by: dr spock | Nov 2, 2007 5:31:09 PM

Typical of the kitties

Posted by: rob | Nov 3, 2007 6:12:47 PM


Is this yet another tale of the Panthers front office and coaching staff missing on draft picks??? I'm so surprised we have a winning record when we can't get any talent in the draft...And that's not to mention the players we loose in FA and training camp...Reading articles like this make me want to fire Hurney and Fox!!

Posted by: Local | Nov 4, 2007 10:56:12 AM

Yeah...I can't believe they managed to miss on a guy who didn't know of a condition he's had for his whole life. What a bad job by the scouting department....they should have read the ulceritave colitis signs all over him in his pass pro film at the U.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 4, 2007 2:58:45 PM

What are the salary cap hits if Morgan and Kemo are gone after the season.

Posted by: kamagra | Nov 3, 2011 6:39:33 AM

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