Patriots say Malcolm Butler benching was coach’s decision

The New England Patriots are being tight-lipped as to why Malcolm Butler is being held out of the Super Bowl.

The cornerback did not start the game for New England, nor did he feature at all during the first quarter. Via Al Michaels on the NBC broadcast, this was a coach’s decision.

Interestingly, NBC cameras spotted an emotional Butler on the sideline during the national anthem.

The Patriots started Eric Rowe ahead of Butler, who has really struggled against Philadelphia’s Alshon Jeffrey. This could be a huge talking point depending on how the rest of the game plays out.

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