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.
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 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.
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ IND||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
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