The New England Patriots have Malcolm Butler to thank for their improbable victory in Super Bowl XLIX. So it's no surprise fans were thrilled when the storied AFC East franchise re-signed the veteran during the offseason. Unfortunately, he won't play a single snap for the Patriots this upcoming season.
The Patriots announced just moments ago that they are placing veteran defensive back Malcolm Butler on the season-ending injured reserve. He won't play at all this fall.
"The Patriots have placed CBs Malcolm Butler and Joejuan Williams on injured reserve. Also, backup punter Jake Julien has been waived," said Mike Reiss.
Malcom Butler was expected to be a backup cornerback this upcoming season, but was definitely going to contribute in some way. A big loss of veteran leadership in the New England defense.
"Patriots cornerbacks: Jalen Mills Jonathan Jones Terrance Mitchell Marcus Jones (slot) Myles Bryant (slot) Jack Jones Shaun Wade Justin Bethel," Reiss added. "NOTE: Malcolm Butler projected as a backup through early part of camp, adding depth behind Jones-Mitchell combo."
At 32 years old, it's fair to question whether this is it for Malcolm Butler. Hopefully not and he's able to return next year.
New England starts the 2022 season on Sept. 11 against the Miami Dolphins.