The New England Patriots have taken Malcolm Butler off of injured reserve. Butler was a Super Bowl XLIX hero.Before the first roster cutoff of 85 players, the veteran cornerback was put on IR. That action effectively ended his chances of donning Patriots garb for the 2022 campaign.
Players who are placed on the IR before the 53-man roster cutoff cannot play until the following season, per the rule.
Butler is now free to sign with whomever he wants since the Patriots released him. He will eventually be qualified to return for the new team, presuming he is healthy.
The action might suggest that Butler’s actual injury might not be enough to end the season. Aaron Wilson of the Pro Football Network reports that both parties reached an injury settlement.
It was never going to be easy to replace Butler in a 53-man roster with a ferocious training camp battle in the defensive backfield. It’s a little disappointing that we won’t get to see him in a Patriots uniform again for at least one regular-season game.
Because Butler stopped Russell Wilson to help the Patriots win their fourth Super Bowl, he will always have a special place in the hearts of their supporters.
The Patriots and the Butlers experienced the same brief trip down memory lane.