Alan Branch
DL NE (9)
3 weeks 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.

Alan Branch
DL NE (9)
2 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.

Alan Branch
DL NE (9)
2 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.

Alan Branch
DL NE (9)
2 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.

Alan Branch
DL NE (9)
2 months ago

Branch (toe) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

Branch's addition to the injury report is a slight concern for the Patriots with the Super Bowl just days away, as the 6-6, 350-pound defensive tackle is a big reason why the Patriots haven't allowed a running back to rush for 90 yards in any of their last 25 games. Look for his status to be updated as the week goes on.

Alan Branch
DL NE (9)
4 months ago

Branch won his appeal of a four-game suspension for allegedly violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

EDGE Analysis

Branch has avoided the suspension and won't be forced to miss any games as a result. He could see additional reps at defensive tackle on Sunday against the Rams depending on Woodrow Hamilton's (illness) health.

Alan Branch
DL NE (9)
4 months ago

Branch is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per the report, the defensive tackle tested positive for marijuana and is appealing the suspension. Since his anticipated sanction won't start until after the appeal is heard, Branch is expected to play this coming Sunday against the Jets.

Alan Branch
DL NE (9)
7 months ago

Branch was reinstated from his team suspension on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Branch reportedly picked up the suspension for a violation of team rules, although specifics were never released. After nearly a week of being on suspension, the Patriots opted to reinstate him Thursday, which means he should take on his normal role as a key contributor on the defensive line. Branch is coming off a 2015 campaign where he posted 35 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.

Alan Branch
DL NE (9)
7 months ago

Branch was suspended in advance of Thursday's preseason game against the Bears, the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

The report notes that Branch drew the suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules, but went on to indicate that the defensive tackle would be permitted back in the Patriots' facility in a few days. For his part, coach Bill Belichick simply referred to the situation as a "club matter."

Alan Branch
DL NE (9)
8 months ago

Branch (hip) returned to practice on Wednesday, ending his stint on the NFI list.

EDGE Analysis

Branch was spotted in full pads and a helmet during Wednesday's practice session, although he did not participate in several drills. The Patriots are easing the defensive tackle back into the rotation in order to prevent further injuries from taking place.