Tonight when the Eagles take on the New England Patriots in Foxborough, cornerback Malcolm Butler won’t be on the field for the hometown team.
This time, unlike when Butler rode the bench for all of Super Bowl 52 sans one snap on special teams, we know the reason:
Butler is no longer on New England’s roster.
As for the reason why Butler didn’t play against the Eagles in February, well, that’s been as closely guarded a secret as KFC’s secret recipe, the location of Flight MH370, or the final whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa.
There have been hints. Slight, tiny, Patriot-sized leaks. And, since you may have missed some (or all) of ’em, we’ve got everything that’s anything which has been said about the benching by the primary parties involved -Butler, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia – all in one place below.
After that, we’ve got our best guess about what actually went down to turn Super Bowl XLIX’s hero into Super Bowl LII’s goat:
The Super Bowl Was Six Months Ago. What Happened With Malcolm Butler?