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Malcolm Butler says reports of missteps are wrong and hurtful

Malcolm Butler says reports of missteps are wrong and hurtful

Malcolm Butler shared a post on Twitter and Instagram Tuesday denying any wrongdoing in the lead-up to the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Eagles. Tom Brady was among the Patriots (past and present) to like it.

Butler was benched for all but one snap Sunday, staying on the sidelines even as the Eagles put up 41 points on a struggling Patriots defense. Since then, Bill Belichick has maintained Butler's benching was a football decision, while reports have emerged involving the player breaking curfew and smoking marijuana. 

Here’s the meat of Butler's post: 

[I] would never do anything to hurt my teams’ [sic] chances of winning a game, including this year’s Super Bowl where I visited with my family every night.

During Super Bowl week I never attended any concert, missed curfew, or participated [in] any of the ridiculous activities being reported. They are not only false, but hurtful, to me and my family. 

Although I wish I could have contributed more to help my team win, I have to get ready for the next opportunity. 

Butler also apologized for using foul language when telling ESPN after the game that he felt the Patriots gave up on him. 

Among the players who liked the post in additon to Brady: Phillip Dorsett, Elandon Roberts, Harvey Langi, Cody Hollister, Vincent Valentine, Martellus Bennett, Marcus Cannon, Jacoby Brissett, Justin Coleman, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Browner, Jamie Collins, Rob Ninkovich . . . and Jimmy Garoppolo.

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Gronkowski moves up eight spots to 15th in NFL Network's Top 100

Gronkowski moves up eight spots to 15th in NFL Network's Top 100

Rob Gronkowski has jumped up eight spots in the NFL Network's Top 100 rankings - going from 23rd in 2017 to 15th this year.

Gronkowski was limited to eight games and 25 catches because of back surgery in 2016. The five-time Pro Bowl selection played in 14 games last season with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season and 16 catches, three for TDs, in three postseason games. 

Players ranked 11th through 20th were revealed Monday night. 

Gronk is the first Patriot and highest-ranked tight end in the 2018 Top 100, which is voted on by players. Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce checked in at No. 24.

They'll probably be a Patriot quarterback somewhere in the top 10 when it's revealed next week. There was one ranked No. 1 last year.