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Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Butler makes appearance to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Jeremy Butler
(Baltimore Sun)

When Ravens rookie wide receiver Jeremy Butler learned recently that a college friend had been diagnosed with leukemia, he wanted to help.

Butler got involved by supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Tuesday night during an appearance at the Burlington Coat Factory on Reisterstown Road. He signed autographs in exchange for a suggested donation to benefit the charity, which has partnered with Burlington Coat Factory for the past 13 years to fund research.

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"It means a lot because recently I had a friend from college get diagnosed," Butler said. "So, it means a lot to step up and show your support. The biggest thing to me is to give your time. Anybody can give money, but your time and your knowledge are the most important things to give back."

The 6-foot-2, 218-pound undrafted rookie from Tennessee-Martin is on injured reserve because of an AC shoulder joint sprain. Butler didn't need to undergo surgery.

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"I'm rehabbing it every day," he said. "I'm just now getting into shoulder movement and lifting light weights." When the guys are in practice, I'm in the training room. I watch film on my iPad and keep my head in the game.

"It's fun to learn from the guys and they still give me a lot of great teaching points. They do a good job of making me feel like I'm on the team even though I'm hurt. They still give me advice."

Butler caught six passes for 50 yards and a touchdown during the preseason after catching 141 career passes for 1,953 yards and 20 touchdowns in college.

Now, Butler is preparing for the offseason, when he'll be able to participate fully in minicamps and organized team activities.

"That's the plan," Butler said. "It's different, but I understand it's a process. I'm still here, so that's a great thing."

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