Seattle Seahawks receiver, Deon Butler suffered a season-ending injury in the final minutes of Sunday’s game. Butler was adding a touchdown to his career-day stats (5 receptions, 68 yards) and was kicked by a passing defender.
His leg is broken in two places and he underwent emergency surgery that night in San Francisco to have a rod inserted.
Seattle will now look to WR Ruvell Martin for depth in the receiving corps.
Martin is one of Seattle’s many waived and re-signed players and finally got looks last weekend when Ben Obomanu and Mike Williams were absent.
He caught four receptions for 78 yards and an early touchdown. He was used sparingly (Running Back Marshawn Lynch actually lead the team in receptions this week) but, made good on the looks he got.
Martin’s career has been light but, when he’s played, he’s played well.
He signed with San Diego as an undrafted free agent in 2004 only to be cut before the season began. When they re-signed him a few weeks later, they shipped him off to NFL Europe where he lead the league in yards and touchdowns and took the Amsterdam Admirals to the World Bowl.
He was waived again and soon found himself on Green Bay’s practice squad. Martin got the nod late in the 2006 season to stand in for receiver Greg Jennings. His seven receptions for 118 yards that game earned him a spot on the team the following season.
Despite his limited play, he averages 15 yards per reception.
Having Martin (6’4” 220lbs) on the field will take some of the pressure off fellow big-target Mike Williams.
Brandon Stokely has also been a gain-machine in the past weeks. His last 14 consecutive receptions have been first-downs.