New England Patriots put Malcolm Butler on injured reserve

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots positioned veteran cornerback Malcolm Butler on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season and comeback try with the franchise the place he grew to become a Tremendous Bowl hero seven years in the past.

Butler, 32, suffered a hip damage, a supply stated. Butler had began within the Patriots’ preseason opener Thursday, enjoying 23 snaps and recovering a fumble, however had not practiced since.

Butler, who spent 2021 out of soccer, had signed a two-year contract with the Patriots in March. He was a part of a gaggle of gamers vying to fill the void created by J.C. Jackson’s free-agent departure to the Los Angeles Chargers, and was principally practising as a backup behind veterans Jalen Mills, Terrance Mitchell and Jonathan Jones.

Butler was the hero of the crew’s 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Tremendous Bowl XLIX. His interception on the aim line within the closing minute is without doubt one of the iconic performs in franchise and NFL historical past.

In a 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Tremendous Bowl LII, Butler surprisingly did not play on protection. He went on to play with the Tennessee Titans and by no means thought he’d ultimately land again in New England.

“One thing I learned, you never burn your bridges down. You handle situations as a man, as a grown-up. If I didn’t do that, I don’t think I would have an opportunity to come back here,” he stated upon his return.

Along with Butler, the Patriots positioned fourth-year cornerback Joejuan Williams on injured reserve with a proper shoulder damage. Williams was a protracted shot to make the roster.