According to Devin McCourty, the New England Patriots let Malcolm Butler know that he wouldn’t be playing in Super Bowl LII.
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I will admit that I am still skeptical. We saw Butler get very emotional on the sidelines prior to the game. Maybe it all hit him on game day, but it sure looked like a guy who was told he wouldn’t be playing just a short time ago.
If this is the case I still think that the Patriots and Bill Belichick aren’t off the hook. New England is known for their in-game adjustments. How do you not put Butler in?
I’m not saying that just having Butler in would have won the Patriots a Super Bowl, but Tom Brady had the game of his life. I don’t know if Philly could have kept scoring if Butler was in the game. One tackle or one batted ball could have changed the game completely.
Now we are just left to think what could have been? Imagine if Tom Brady had another Super Bowl ring? He might have even retired after the Super Bowl win over the LA Rams.
But it seems that we sort of have an explanation into what happened on that fateful Sunday night. Malcolm Butler knew he wasn’t playing and that is exactly what ended up happening.