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.
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.
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