Then Nancy Armour's article post-withdrawal is wrong - she explicitly stated that Plushy had the option of withdrawing after the team event and been replaced if he had chosen to. I just assumed that Kovtun was the next best choice because he had won Russian Nats and Plushy had been controversially selected for the Olys over him (also more or less stated in the article). I did not follow Euros and didn't know Kovtun had another chance there and/or that Voronov did well, so thanks for the enlightenment.
I don't mean to disparage Plushy because he truly is one of the GOAT and he deserves all the accolades and tributes that are being heaped on him right now, but if he could have withdrawn after the team event and been replaced I really wish he would have because he stated he had felt pain even on the last 2 jumps in the TE. Another Russian man would have deserved to shine and do really well.