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Injury to Hakeem Butler hurts his growth but may help Cardinals in short term

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Hakeem Butler is injured and it sucks.

The Arizona Cardinals were excited about the future of Butler and what he could bring, maybe in some situation in 2019 even.

However, for the most part this was going to be very much a learning season for Butler.

Now, with a fracture of the hand there is a good chance he moves to the injured reserve list.

That is not necessarily a bad thing.

First off, I feel awful for Butler. He is a great kid, who was working incredibly hard and had made strides, but had many more to go to really impact the game.

Now though, the Cardinals have a chance to keep a player who could likely give more of a contribution in year one.

Butler was going to make this roster, his upside is stupendous and they could not take the chance of trying to get him to the practice squad.

This means someone who was not going to make the roster, maybe a Kevin White and Chad Williams if they decide to keep seven.

If they keep six, assuming it was always Fitz, Kirk, KeeSean Johnson, Andy Isabella, and Trent Sherfield, that leaves the decision between Damiere Byrd and Pharoah Cooper.

Who do you keep?

This also means maybe if the Cardinals keep six wide receivers they can keep a player somewhere else.

Maybe a fifth cornerback?

Maybe a sixth or seventh defensive linemen?

It could be a blessing for the team that they are able to use the roster spot on a player that would likely contribute a bit more on gameday.

Either way, let’s hope it is quick healing for Butler.