Devon Butler To Take Redshirt Year In 2011 After Shooting

Devon Butler will miss the 2011 football season while he recovers from injuries sustained in an off-campus shooting.

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Devon Butler To Redshirt, Rehab In 2011 Following Shooting

Devon Butler, the Northern Illinois football player injured earlier this month in a drive-by shooting, will burn his redshirt year with the Huskies in 2011 to accommodate his rehabilitation timetable. Butler is suffering from a collapsed lung after a bullet struck him in the back while visiting friends at an off-campus apartment, and will have to recover his breathing capacity before he can begin returning the rest of his body to football form:

For the next six months, Butler will be concentrating on improving his breathing with a doctor-prescribed machine designed to help expand his injured lung.

"Right now it's not too much rehab," Butler said. "It's just more basically getting back on my feet, walking around, getting my strength back; doing things like eating and doing a lot of breathing exercises and stuff like that. In about six months, I will be able to do things like exercise my legs and basically start the physical therapy."

The Huskies' starting linebacker spoke to members of the media on campus last Friday for the first time since the shooting. The DeKalb's Northern Star has made video of the press conference available; watch below:

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Devon Butler Released From Hospital Two Weeks After Shooting

More good news for the Northern Illinois Huskies community in the Devon Butler case: NIU's starting middle linebacker has been released from the Rockford, Ill. hospital where he'd been recovering from gunshot wounds sustained in an off-campus shooting two weeks ago. Butler is being put up at his position coach's house during his recovery; according to head coach Dave Doeren, no timetable has been set for his return:   

"Our plans are to not have him (next season) because that’s the worst-case scenario," Doeren said. "Nobody’s focusing on football with him right now. Two weeks ago we didn’t know if he was going to live. The big thing for him right now is not rushing him."

No news on the two students arrested in the April 5 shooting, apart from bond being set at $1 million for each suspect. 

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NIU's Devon Butler Upgraded To Stable Condition After Shooting

Some great news out of Northern Illinois this afternoon: NIU junior linebacker Devon Butlershot in the back last week in an apparent drive-by, has been upgraded to stable condition. Initially listed as a critical patient, he was first upgraded to serious condition on Tuesday, and has apparently recovered enough to post on Facebook or have somebody do it for him:

A post from him late Monday morning said, "Thanx for all the luv! I’m doing fine and will b[e] up [and] running [i]n no time! Just keep praying for me. Sckoop."

Butler was injured when guns were fired from a car at a friend's apartment, in what police are characterizing as a drug-related dispute. (Please note: They've also emphasized they have no reason to suspect Butler was involved in any illegal activities himself.) Two students have been charged in the incident with, among other offenses, attempted first-degree murder. 

A native of south Florida, Butler started the majority of last season for the Huskies at middle linebacker. No timetable has been speculated for his return. For more on his recovery and for all your Huskies athletics news needs, visit SB Nation's Red And Black Attack

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