Dallas Cowboys

WR Brice Butler hoping for speedy return

Cowboys receiver Brice Butler (19) injured his hamstring on the 67-yard catch against the Saints, allowing Brandon Browner to push him out of bounds at the 6.
Cowboys receiver Brice Butler (19) injured his hamstring on the 67-yard catch against the Saints, allowing Brandon Browner to push him out of bounds at the 6. Star-Telegram

Brice Butler played 58 offensive snaps in his first two games with the Cowboys. He had no catches. In fact, he never even was targeted.

But Butler played a part in Sunday’s 26-20 loss to the Saints. It is the longest reception for the Cowboys this season.

He caught a 67-yard pass from Brandon Weeden to the New Orleans 9.

“It was bittersweet,” Butler said Tuesday. “I made a play finally, and then I can’t play anymore, because I hurt my hamstring. It was like really bittersweet to be honest with you. There was no excitement after the play, just because I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’”

Butler insists he would have scored if not for his hamstring, which took him out of the game after 35 plays. Saints cornerback Brandon Browner pushed Butler out of bounds, and the Cowboys settled for a 38-yard field goal after two incompletions and a sack.

“Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. No question. No question,” Butler said when asked if he would have scored if not for the hamstring. “Make sure everybody knows that. That didn’t happen. That would have been an easy six.

“But yeah, it felt good after the game to sit back and look at it. It was like finally got a chance to make a play and capitalized on it. And now it’s just get back out there so we can continue to make some more.”

Butler, acquired in a Sept. 16 trade with the Raiders after Dez Bryant was injured, hopes to return after the bye.

“I think I’m a quick healer, so I think I’ll be back soon,” he said. “I’m not the doctor, and I just got here. I don’t want to step on anybody’s toes either. I’ll get back and ready as soon as possible.”

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