On Monday, Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Vernon Butler said he felt “100 percent” and re-joined his teammates at practice.
There was “no doubt” he’d be ready for Sunday, he said.
But on Thursday, Butler appeared to tweak the same ankle that had sidelined him for three games with a high sprain, and spent the majority of the media’s 20-minute allotment on the stationary bicycle.
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Head coach Ron Rivera hesitated at first in calling it a setback, but conceded.
“I shouldn’t say setback as much as it didn’t react as much as we had hoped it would have in the morning,” he said. “He did move around out there. … I know (the injury report) says ‘did not practice’ but they had him out there on the side moving it around. We’ll see how he is tomorrow morning.
“Yeah, I guess you could say a setback.”
Butler did not want to elaborate much, saying he felt some “soreness.”
“You go through things for a reason,” he said. “I’m working to get back as fast as I can. But can’t rush it or I’ll hurt it again. But I’m good.”