NIU Linebacker's Condition Upgraded After Shooting

Devon Butler was shot in an off-campus incident three days ago

Friday, Apr 8, 2011  |  Updated 6:49 PM CDT
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The condition of a Northern Illinois University football player was upgraded Friday, three days after being shot at an off-campus event.

Linebacker Devon Butler's status was upgraded from "critical" to "serious" said officials at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

Butler, a junior from Pembroke Pines, Fla., was shot Tuesday night and had been listed in critical condition since his arrival at the hospital.

NIU Head Coach Dave Doeren, linebackers coach Tom Matukewicz and Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher have provided an almost constant Huskie presence at the hospital.

Butler's family has been with him since Wednesday afternoon, NIU officials said in a statement.

All football team activities had been been canceled since the incident, but Doeren said the Huskies will return to practice on Saturday.

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