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Duron Harmon OK with not getting explanation of why Malcolm Butler was benched in Super Bowl LII

Ryan Hannable
July 26, 2018 - 3:48 pm

FOXBORO -- It is the story that won't go away, but for good reason. There hasn't been an explanation.

Ever since February, one of the biggest storylines with the Patriots is why didn't Malcolm Butler play in the Super Bowl loss to the Eagles?

In fact, it led Bill Belichick's first press conference of the summer on Wednesday, the day before the first official training camp session. And still, no answers were given.

Speaking after the first practice Thursday, 2017 captain Duron Harmon said he doesn't need an explanation for what happened.

“It’s over with,” Harmon said, via NBC Sports Boston's Mike Giardi. “I mean it’s all what-ifs now and what-ifs are not going to change anything. So what is the point of going back in the past and trying to go over that and try to find answers when in all reality, it doesn’t even matter anymore in the 2018 season?”

The only inkling of an explanation was back in March, Butler said he wasn't "locked in and focused 100 percent" the week of the game.

"You just got to look at what you want to accomplish this year,” Harmon said. “We know we want to play good football and be in a position at the end of the year to play more games in the winter. So looking at [the Butler situation], that doesn’t have anything to do with that [playing well this year]. Malcolm has moved on. He’s with the Tennessee Titans now and it’s time we do the same [and move on]."

Until Belichick writes a tell-all book, maybe we'll never know.

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