Branch was released by the Dolphins on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Branch struggled mightily last season, recording just 25 tackles and 1.5 sacks, the latter figure his worst since his rookie campaign in 2012. Set to make $9 million in 2019, it made sense the Dolphins would cut the veteran defensive end. He figures to have some value on the open market, particularly since his release means he won't count against the compensatory pick format.
Branch (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Branch began the week as a non-participant at practice but was able to progress to limited participation Thursday and Friday. The 29-year-old seems to be trending in the right direction for Sunday's season finale, but the numerous knee injuries dealt with over the course of the season keep his status up in the air for now.
Branch (knee) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Branch has missed two consecutive games due to a lingering knee injury, but his removal from the injury report puts him in line to return to action Sunday against the Lions. He could act as the third man in the rotation at defensive end with Charles Harris (calf) set to miss a second straight contest.
Branch (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. Branch was originally given a recovery timetable of 2-to-4 weeks, so Week 5 would be the first time the Dolphins believe they have a realistic shot at getting Branch back. Branch has been primarily used as a special teams player, so while a limited practice suggests he is close to full health, the team likely won't be in any rush to get him back on the field.
Branch suffered a knee injury during Miami's 28-20 victory over the Raiders. The exact nature and severity of Branch's injury have yet to be revealed, but expect an update on the six-year veteran's health heading into Week 4. Branch serves mostly as a special teamer for the Dolphins, so his availability shouldn't factor much into the team's defensive preparations.