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 a limited participant 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 did not practice Wednesday due to a knee injury, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Branch has dealt with a handful of knee issues over the course of the season and is seemingly dealing with another knee injury at the moment. His absence from practice suggests there's still ground to be made up before convincing the medical staff that he's good to go for Sunday's game. If he can't go, Jonathan Woodard could see a small uptick in playing time.
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 has now missed two games due to his knee injury and is expected back in the next couple of weeks. A depth defensive lineman and special teams player, Branch's absence hasn't hurt the Dolphins much. Jonathan Woodyard and Charles Harris will figure to continue seeing a few extra snaps as long as Branch remains out.
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