Branch has been impressing through the early portions of training camp, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.
Branch reportedly "looks so much better than last year" which is likely the result of getting back to full health following a nagging knee injury. Most of Branch's early success has come against second unit players, so the real test will come in the preseason. If Branch does make the team heading into the regular season, expect him to serve mostly as a specials teamer.
Branch said Saturday that he's "ahead of schedule" in his recovery from Jan. 31 surgery to address an unspecified knee injury, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Branch called the surgery "much needed" after the knee injury proved to be a hindrance during the 2017 season, with the defensive end regressing to 23 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 14 games after producing 49 stops and 5.5 sacks over 16 games in his first campaign in South Florida. Though the 29-year-old was non-committal when asked if he would take part in the Dolphins' offseason program, he's not expected to face many restrictions by the time training camp opens.
Branch underwent successful surgery Wednesday to address an undisclosed injury, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Though Branch didn't specify what part of the body required surgery, it's believed the procedure addressed the knee injury that forced him to miss time during the 2017 season. After signing a three-year, $24 million contract prior to last season, Branch was a disappointment while playing through the knee issue, producing 4.5 sacks and 23 tackles in 14 games. It's expected that the surgery will put the 28-year-old at full strength by the time training camp commences.
Branch (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Branch seems to have recovered from the mysterious knee injury that prevented him from playing last week against the Bills. While he should reassume his spot in the starting lineup Sunday, it isn't certain if Branch will be operating under any limitations.
Branch (knee) is considered questionable for Sunday's tilt against the Chiefs, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Branch's potential availability for Sunday's matchup remains up in the air after practicing in a limited fashion throughout the week. If he ultimately misses a second consecutive game, Charles Harris would likely draw the start at defensive end across from Cameron Wake.
|4||9/30/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|8||10/25/18||@ HOU||8:20 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
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