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WR Deon Butler suffers broken leg

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By Brady Henderson

Deon Butler's fourth quarter touchdown will be his last of the season.

Butler broke his right leg while making a 2-yard touchdown catch in the final minutes of Seattle's 40-21 loss to San Francisco, further decimating a receiving corp already rife with injuries.

Butler fell to the turf after colliding with cornerback Nate Clements and grabbed his right leg while laying in the end zone. Trainers placed an air cast on Butler's leg before he was carted off the field.

"He broke his leg to some extent - I don't know the particulars about it," Pete Carroll said after the game. "We're all sick about that."

Carroll later told King 5's Paul Silvi that the break is "pretty serious."

Butler (pictured in the AP photo above) will remain in the Bay Area for treatment, Carroll said.

Ruvell Martin, who was on the field when Butler was injured, said "you could see something sticking out of his leg."

"It didn't look too good," Martin said. "He just looked up at me and goes, 'My leg.' All I could do is give him my hand and say a prayer for him, just try and comfort him as much as I could."

Butler and Martin were forced into the starting lineup due to injuries to Mike Williams (ankle) and Ben Obomanu (hand), who were both inactive for the game. Butler finished with five catches for 68 yards.

Brandon Stokley also left the game with a hamstring injury.

You can see the play at the :20 mark of this YouTube video:

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