Cornerback Malcolm Butler reached an injury settlement with the New England Patriots,
who released the 32-year-old from injured reserve at the end of the season on Thursday.
Butler returned to the Patriots in the off-season after
1-year retirement and a three-year stint with the Tennessee Titans.
Butler signed a two-year contract with the Patriots in March worth up to $9 million.
The Patriots also placed cornerback Jojuan Williams on IR
and forgave punter Jake Julian for bringing their roster to 85 players.
Butler opened the Patriots' presidential opener against the
New York Giants last Thursday, playing 23 snaps. It is not clear when Butler suffered the injury.
He was running with a second-string defense during camp.