OUTAlan Branch
DL NE (9)
2 days ago

Branch (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Branch injured his knee in last week's loss to the Dolphins. He was unable to practice throughout the week, so this decision is relatively unsurprising. Ricky Jean Francois should see an increased role on the defensive line due to Branch's absence.

OUTAlan Branch
DL NE (9)
4 days ago

Branch (knee) did not participate in Wednesday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

Branch was forced from Monday night's game against the Dolphins. His absence from Wednesday's practice indicates that Branch could be in danger of missing the Patriots' Week 15 matchup against the Steelers.

OUTAlan Branch
DL NE (9)
6 days ago

Branch will not return to Monday's game against the Dolphins due to a knee injury.

EDGE Analysis

Branch left the game during the first half due to the issue but ultimately returned. However, he was unable to play through it and has since been ruled out by the team. The severity of the injury is not known at this time.

OUTAlan Branch
DL NE (9)
2 months ago

Branch did not travel with the team for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Branch not appearing on the team's injury report Thursday, he is considered a healthy scratch, which doesn't come as much of a surprise seeing as though the tackle has seen his playing time decline this season. Branch re-signed with the Patriots for $12 million over two years this offseason, but so far, he's been unable to perform to the level of last year.

OUTAlan Branch
DL NE (9)
4 months ago

The Patriots activated Branch (undisclosed) from the preseason Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Branch was back on the field for practice Monday for the first time all training camp after the minor injury resulted in him missing the Patriots' preseason opener last week. Considering the defensive tackle was unlikely to play more than a series or two in the first exhibition contest, he shouldn't be too far behind the rest of his fellow veterans in his preparation for the upcoming season. Branch is poised to start alongside Malcom Brown in the middle of the defensive line after logging a career-high 49 stops to go with 1.5 sacks in 2016.

OUTAlan Branch
DL NE (9)
5 months ago

The Patriots have placed Branch (undisclosed) on their preseason PUP list, the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

The report notes that Branch, who normally skips a large portion of the Patriots' spring practices, typically stays on the team's PUP list until he passes a conditioning test. The 6-foot-6, 350-pounder is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he recorded 49 tackles and 1.5 sacks over the course of 16 regular season contests. The 32-year-old is projected to start in the middle of the Patriots' defensive line along with fellow defensive tackle Malcom Brown.

OUTAlan Branch
DL NE (9)
9 months ago

Branch is expected to sign a two-year, $12 million deal with the Patriots on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Branch is a key asset for the Patriots strong run defense. His 6-6, 350 pound frame clogs up holes in the middle of the line, and he is a key reason why New England ranked fourth in the NFL with only 88.4 rushing yards allowed per game in 2016. The deal will keep Branch with the Patriots through the 2018 season.

OUTAlan Branch
DL NE (9)
10 months ago

Branch (toe) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl LI against the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

During the second week of prep for the Super Bowl, Branch didn't elevate beyond a limited practice session due to a toe concern. Alas, he could be one of the key factors as he faces off with Atlanta center Alex Mack, who will play through a fractured left fibula in the finale of the 2016 season.

OUTAlan Branch
DL NE (9)
10 months ago

Branch (toe) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

Branch was limited in practice by a toe injury this week but is expected to be ready in time for Sunday's 6:30 ET kickoff.

OUTAlan Branch
DL NE (9)
10 months ago

Branch (toe) 'should be good to go' for Sunday's Super Bowl, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Branch showed up on the injury report earlier in the week with a toe injury and was limited in practice, but looks like he will not be facing limitations for Sunday's Super Bowl game against the Falcons. He will be key in trying to slow down Atlanta's high-powered offense, specifically in the run game, where the Falcons boast two explosive backs in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.