Not guilty plea on felonies entered for Notre Dame CB Butler

FILE - This Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 file photo released by the St. Joseph County Jail shows Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler. The Notre Dame cornerback taken into custody after allegedly punching a police officer and slamming the officer to the ground has been formally charged Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, with felony counts of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official. ( St. Joseph County Jail via AP, File)
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) A not guilty plea has been entered on behalf of a Notre Dame cornerback accused of tackling a police officer and punching him during an altercation outside a bar.

St. Joseph Superior Court Magistrate Elizabeth Hardtke entered the preliminary plea Wednesday for Devin Butler on felony counts of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official.

Butler wore a white shirt and black tie during the court appearance. He declined to comment afterward. He is scheduled for an initial hearing on Sept. 1.

Butler was arrested Saturday hours after Indiana State Police arrested five teammates about 40 miles south of South Bend on misdemeanor marijuana and gun charges in a separate incident.

Coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that Butler had been suspended indefinitely from the team. Butler already was out until October with a broken foot.