The hero of Super Bowl XLIX will be sidelined in Super Bowl LII.
During the first half of the Patriots-Eagles game, Al Michaels reported on the NBC broadcast that Malcolm Butler — whose goal-line interception preserved New England’s victory over the Seahawks three years ago — will not be playing due to a “coach’s decision.”
Michaels added that Butler has been on the field for special teams, but has yet to take a defensive snap. He also noted that the 27-year-old cornerback was emotional during Leslie Odom Jr.’s performance of “America the Beautiful.”
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick did not offer much of an update when asked about Butler’s status during halftime.
“I make the decisions that give us the best chance to win,” he told sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.