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Saturday, June 4, 2011
Bits from Butler on Sirius NFL Radio

By Mike Reiss

Darius Butler
Darius Butler says it should take only two or three weeks of full practices for the Patriots to be ready for the season.
Patriots cornerback Darius Butler was a guest on Sirius XM NFL Radio on Saturday afternoon, joining hosts Bryan McGovern and Jim Miller for a segment.

Some of the soundbites:

Thoughts on if Bill Belichick will scale things back because of the lockout: "I doubt he’ll scale back. He’ll probably put some more things in there and try to take advantage of it. I think the guys will pick it up. It won’t be that difficult once we actually get back to work, or [have] more informal workouts, or more times people are here.”

What he saw from Tom Brady the last three days at informal workouts: "He looks like Tom to me. I don’t see any difference from praticing against him in the season. It’s the same fire, the same arm, the same everything.”

Predictions on the lockout ending: "I don't think we'll miss any regular-season games. If anything, preseason."

How quickly it would take to get ready for the season: "I don't know, probably a couple of weeks. It's just getting used to carrying pads again, training camp for everybody. Once you start hearing the calls, I'm sure everybody is in shape, everybody has been working out in their respective places. Two to three weeks maybe, and I think we'll be pretty ready."