Branch has avoided the suspension and won't be forced to miss any games as a result. He could see additional reps at defensive tackle on Sunday against the Rams depending on Woodrow Hamilton's (illness) health.
Branch is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, ESPN.com reports.
Per the report, the defensive tackle tested positive for marijuana and is appealing the suspension. Since his anticipated sanction won't start until after the appeal is heard, Branch is expected to play this coming Sunday against the Jets.
Branch was reinstated from his team suspension on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.
Branch reportedly picked up the suspension for a violation of team rules, although specifics were never released. After nearly a week of being on suspension, the Patriots opted to reinstate him Thursday, which means he should take on his normal role as a key contributor on the defensive line. Branch is coming off a 2015 campaign where he posted 35 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.
The report notes that Branch drew the suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules but went on to indicate that the defensive tackle would be permitted back in the
Branch was spotted in full pads and a helmet during Wednesday's practice session, although he did not participate in several drills. The
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