Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
Patriots DT Alan Branch was asked on sports radio WEEI's "Dale and Holley Show with Rich Keefe" if he knew Malcolm Butler wouldn't play in Super Bowl LII and said, "I didn't know anything, honestly. On our team, gossip doesn't travel, let's say that. ... I noticed he wasn't in the game, but then again, you never know the reason for what's going on at a certain time in that organization, especially."