Branch (knee) remains unsigned, ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss reports.
Branch piled up 69 tackles in nine games for the Cardinals last season before his injury issues re-surfaced in November in the form of a torn ACL. An above-average starter when healthy, the 31-year-old safety has played double-digit games just once in the past five seasons. Despite owning a career average of 5.8 tackles per game, he may have a tough time attracting interest on the open market, as there's no assurance he'll be ready by Week 1.
Branch (knee) will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
Branch landed a two-year deal with the Cardinals in March of 2016, but his susceptibility to injury forced IR stays in both campaigns. In 2016, he dealt with a groin tear and had to accept a $2 million paycut in order to return to Arizona this past season. Prior to tearing his ACL in Week 10, Branch was among the Cards' leading tacklers with 69 stops. On the latter occasion, rookie safety Budda Baker emerged as a force in a stacked secondary, so it wouldn't surprise if general manager Steve Keim lets the 31-year-old Branch search for employment elsewhere in the offseason.
The Cardinals officially placed Branch (knee) on injured reserve Monday.
Branch sustained a torn ACL in Thursday's loss to the Seahawks and is now officially done for the season. Rookie Budda Baker should see a bump in defensive snaps in his absence, as will veteran Antoine Bethea.
Branch suffered a torn ACL in Thursday's loss to the Seahawks, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Coach Bruce Arians said earlier Friday morning that Branch could be headed to injured reserve, and that is all but confirmed now with the news of Branch tearing his ACL. Moving forward without Branch, veteran Antoine Bethea and rookie Budda Baker will likely see an increase in reps in the secondary.
Coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Branch (knee) could end up on injured reserve.
Branch left Thursday's loss to the Seahawks in the first quarter after landing awkwardly on his knee in the end zone, and it appears as though he may have suffered some significant damage. While there has not yet been an official diagnosis on the safety's injury, it's likely that he'll be done for the rest of the year.
Branch (knee) is out for the remainder of Thursday's contest against the Seahawks.
Branch sustained the knee injury in the first quarter, leaving veteran Antoine Bethea and rookie Budda Baker to see increased reps in the secondary for the remainder of the contest. Look for more updates on Branch's status to come next week when the Cardinals resume practice.
Branch is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Seahawks due to an injured knee, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Branch sustained the injury late in the first quarter. He is coming off a week where he led the Cardinals in tackles, so his presence will be missed if he is unable to return.
Branch racked up a team-high 10 solo tackles and a pass breakup Sunday against the 49ers.
This was Branch's fourth double-digit tackle performance of the season, and with 69 tackles (54 solo) at the halfway mark, he's on pace to shatter his career high of 106 tackles. Branch has been fairly consistent, too, recording seven or more tackles in six of this season's eight games. The veteran safety should be considered a universal IDP threat.
Branch accrued six tackles (four solo) and a pass defended during Sunday's 38-33 victory versus the Buccaneers.
Branch has taken full advantage of a regular role this season, leading all Cardinals defenders in usage (98.5 percent of the defensive snaps) and sitting in a tie for first in the entire NFL with 55 tackles. On the latter point, he's the sole defensive back in the top 12, elevating him further in the IDP ranks. In order to keep hold of the lead, though, he'll have to revert to his output from the first five games, when he reached double-digit stops on three occasions.
Branch recorded 10 tackles (four solo) in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.
Branch led the Cardinals in tackles Sunday and in only five games he's posted his highest tackle count (49) since 2012. Look for the veteran to continue seeing a high-volume of defensive reps Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Branch (groin) played 14 of 54 defensive snaps during Saturday's preseason victory over the Raiders, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
A starter as part of a five-man defensive backfield for the Cardinals, Branch notched four tackles (two solo) during his limited time on the field. If Saturday's configuration is any indication, he could be in line for significant snaps alongside fellow safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Antoine Bethea in the regular season.
Branch (groin) took a $2 million paycut for the upcoming season, Kent Somers of AZ Central Sports reports.
The move gives the Cardinals $2 million in cap space after they agreed to terms with the likes of Antoine Bethea, Phil Dawson, Chandler Jones and Karlos Dansby. Branch will become a free agent next season.
The Cardinals will place Branch (groin) on injured reserve, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Head coach Bruce Arians told Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site that Branch suffered a groin tear Sunday at Miami, marking the defensive back's second such injury of the season. The aggravation contained Branch to six appearances in his initial campaign with the team, which resulted in 28 tackles (25 solo) and four passes defended. He has one year remaining on his current contract.
Branch has been ruled out of Sunday's contest in Miami due to a groin injury.
Branch resided on injured reserve for seven games with a groin injury before his activation for last Sunday's win against the Redskins. If the current concern is indeed an aggravation, his first season with the Cardinals could soon be over. At the moment, the defense currently boasts two healthy safeties with Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) inactive Sunday.
Branch (groin) has officially been activated from injured reserve, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Branch -- who hasn't suited up since Week 4 -- was one of three viable candidates Arizona could have chosen to bring back from IR. While it's unclear when he'll first be ready to play again, his impending availability should bolster a defensive unit that has surrendered at least 30 points in each of the past two weeks.
Branch (groin) returned to practice Wednesday, opening a 21-day window for his activation from injured reserve, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
The Cardinals had three legitimate candidates to return this season -- also, Chris Johnson (groin) and Alani Fua (knee) -- but will opt for relief on the defensive side of the equation. While Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) has settled into the slot cornerback spot (when healthy) in Branch's stead, the latter should earn snaps when defensive coordinator James Bettcher trots out six (or more) defensive backs down the stretch.
Branch was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
A safety for most of his career, Branch has mostly worked as a slot cornerback this season while Tyrann Mathieu has been eased back into the fold as a traditional safety. D.J. Swearinger replaced Branch in the slot during Sunday's loss to the Rams, but it may be only a matter of time until Mathieu returns to his hybrid role. The Cardinals can bring one player back from IR after a minimum eight-week absence, with Branch and Chris Johnson (groin) currently the leading candidates.
Branch left Sunday's game against the Rams due to a groin injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website reports.
Branch was limited throughout the week of practice and listed as questionable for Sunday's game, as he was bothered by a groin injury that he aggravated during Sunday's contest. He's considered questionable to return, with D.J. Swearinger covering the slot in his absence.
Branch (groin) is active for Sunday's contest versus the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Limited in drills this week due to a groin issue, Branch will look to uphold his share of the defensive snaps (73 percent) through three games this season, which has helped him put up the second-most tackles (21) among Cardinals defenders.
Branch (groin) is questionable to play in Week 4 against the Buccaneers, Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 reports.
Branch was limited in practice throughout the week. His status will be confirmed prior to the start of the game.