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
Branch's appearance on the NFI list comes as a bit of a surprise as there was no indication of him suffering from any injury in the offseason, but it doesn't appear that whatever currently ails him will keep him out for long. Look for Terrance Knighton, Malcom Brown and Joe Vellano to see some extra reps while Branch is sidelined.
The New England Patriots picked up Alan Branch 's $400,000 roster bonus, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
The Patriots' decision to pick up the bonus ensures that Branch will be back with the team next season, and he'll likely still have a key role in the defensive line rotation. He only has 218 tackles and nine sacks in 118 career games, but his massive frame has proven useful against the run.
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