METAIRIE, La. -- Apparently, it's too little, too late for Victor Butler.
The New Orleans Saints will release the oft-injured linebacker prior to Tuesday's deadline, according to WWL Radio's Kristian Garic.
His release will save the team $1.5 million. Neither Butler's agent Jack Scharf nor the team responded to attempts to confirm the report.
Butler, whom the Saints signed to a two-year, $3 million deal in 2013, returned to practice on Monday for the first time in three weeks. However, he did not participate in team drills.
Now, it seems Butler will never play a down for the Black and Gold.
Butler, who only missed one game in four seasons as a role player in Dallas, followed defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to New Orleans last season with the hopes that his experience in Ryan's defense would translate to a larger, more impactful role.
However, things didn't pan out for the former Oregon State Beaver who was drafted by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2009 draft.
Butler tore his ACL after colliding with running back Mark Ingram during the final week of OTAs, forcing him to miss all of last season.
Butler attempted to come back and began camp at The Greenbrier as a full participant. However, shortly thereafter he was again held out for reasons head coach Sean Payton never disclosed.
The Saints must trim their roster to 75 players by 3 p.m. CT on Tuesday and to 53 by the same time on Saturday. The Saints will face the Baltimore Ravens Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the final preseason game for both.