The Indianapolis Colts today claimed outside linebacker Shaun Phillips off waivers (Tennessee) and waived outside linebacker Victor Butler.
Phillips, 6-3, 255 pounds, has recorded 554 tackles (397 solo), 81.5 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries and seven interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, in 163 career games (121 starts). He has also posted 48 tackles (32 solo), 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in 11 postseason contests (10 starts). Phillips has totaled at least 7.0 sacks in eight of his first 10 seasons and his current sack total ranks 12th in the NFL since 2004.
Phillips played the first nine seasons (2004-2012) of his career with the San Diego Chargers, followed by the Denver Broncos (2013) and Tennessee Titans (2014). In 2009, he paced the NFL with a career-high seven forced fumbles, while leading San Diego to its fourth consecutive AFC West title. The following year, Phillips earned his first career Pro Bowl selection after starting all 16 games for the Chargers and posting 11.0 sacks. In 2013, he led the Broncos in sacks with 10.0, while adding five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Butler was first signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 6, 2014. He played in two games this season and totaled three special teams tackles in a Week 9 victory at the New York Giants. For his career, Butler has totaled 65 tackles (48 solo), 11.0 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 46 special teams stops in 65 games played (two starts) with the Colts (2014) and Cowboys (2009-2014).
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