Isn't it required that only skaters who qualify for the individual event can participate in the team event?
Plush's statement could be a response to that issue. He can't plan to skate in the team event but not the individual event. That, he can't state this plan. It's been speculated that he would withdraw due to injury after skating in the team event, but he may have overstepped himself in stating his intention to do just the one event. In which case he'd be back-pedaling. Though still able to withdraw due to injury after the team event, providing the injury appears genuine.