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Alan Branch | Defensive Lineman | #97

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 350
College: Michigan
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 2 (33) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details
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Patriots DT Alan Branch did not travel with the team to Tampa Bay.
Branch was not listed on the injury report, so he will be a healthy scratch. Coming off a great 2016, Branch's play has fallen off this year, and he has seen limited snaps the last three games. He signed a two-year, $8.45-million contract in March. Oct 5 - 11:31 AM

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Patriots re-signed DT Alan Branch to a two-year, $8.45-million contract.

The deal is worth "up to" $12 million and contains an option year in 2018. It's a raise for Branch after he earned just $2.75 million in 2016. Branch proved worthy after anchoring a dominant Patriots run defense last season. Branch is now signed through his age-34 season.
Mar 9 - 1:30 PM

Free agent Alan Branch could be open to a team-friendly deal with the Patriots.

"If it’s smart to stay on the team that I’ve been productive on and the money is not too much different, then who knows," Branch said. Branch set a career high in tackles (49) last year and was a top-10 run stopper at PFF. Re-signing with New England could be his best option entering his age-32 season. The Patriots have 23-year-olds Malcom Brown and Vincent Valentine behind Branch.
Source: NESN
Feb 25 - 7:16 PM

The Oakland Press considers the Lions a landing spot for free agent Alan Branch.

Branch doesn’t have ties to Detroit, but did go to college at Michigan. He would be an upgrade next to Haloti Ngata on a defense that struggled to stop the run. Branch shouldn't have a huge market despite anchoring the Patriots’ line the last two seasons. He's 32 years old and made just $2.75M in 2016.
Feb 24 - 8:06 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots DT Alan Branch (toe) "should be good to go" for the Super Bowl.

Branch was limited on Wednesday after a teammate stepped on his toe, but there was never any chance he sat out the biggest game of the year. A premier run stuffer this season, Branch will play an important role against the Falcons' dynamic rushing attack.
Feb 2 - 10:31 AM

Patriots DT Alan Branch was added to the Super Bowl injury report with a toe injury.

He was "limited" Wednesday. Branch says he got his toe stepped on in practice, not uncommon for nose tackles who grind on the interior. "I’m feeling good," Branch insisted. "Kind of thing we have to deal with up front." Branch is the Pats' best run stopper. It sounds like he'll be good to go Sunday.
Feb 1 - 8:06 PM

Patriots DT Alan Branch said he is not considering retirement.

Nor should he coming off one of the best seasons of his career. The big interior lineman posted 49 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and three passes defended while playing 60 percent of the defensive snaps, easily Branch's highest percentage since joining the Patriots. Despite turning 32 in December, the impending free agent should be in for a nice payday.
Source: ESPN
Jan 26 - 10:45 AM

ESPN's Field Yates reports Patriots DT Alan Branch won his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy.

Branch always appeared confident he would win the appeal, but it is still shocking to see him not only cleared but cleared this quickly. The Patriots will not complain, however. A solid run stuffer, New England's already struggling defense could not have afforded to be without Branch.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 11:19:00 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss reports no date has been set for DT Alan Branch's appeal of his four-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy.

Reiss reports the appeal is expected to be heard within the next month, and Branch will continue to play while the appeal process works itself out. Branch reportedly does not think he did anything wrong, but pushing back the suspension means he could end up missing games in the playoffs. A plus run defender, Branch's absence will hurt no matter when he serves the suspension, but it would be a massive blow during the playoffs.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 08:49:00 AM

Patriots DT Alan Branch made the trip for Sunday's Week 12 game against the Jets.

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reported Branch is appealing his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and is now eligible to play while the appeal is heard. It's significant news because it was widely assumed Branch would not be available for Week 12 after ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news of his ban. Branch is a difference-making run defender.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 03:18:00 PM

NFL suspended Patriots DT Alan Branch four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

It's another massive blow for a Patriots defense beset by injury and coaching decisions. Branch has played 422 snaps as a stout run defender. Branch served a team-imposed suspension in training camp. It's unclear if he'll be welcomed back when first eligible in Week 16. The Pats will be a defense to attack for fantasy purposes down the stretch.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 03:22:00 PM

The Patriots have reinstated suspended DT Alan Branch.

Branch's team-imposed ban lasted one week. A reason was never provided. With his relationship with the team apparently shaky, Branch could be a candidate for release, but it's unlikely as the Pats scramble for D-line depth. Branch was a valuable run stuffer in 2015.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 04:43:00 PM

Patriots DT Alan Branch has been suspended by the team.

Details are scarce, but Branch has reportedly informed teammates of his ban. Team-imposed suspensions are rarely more than a game or two, and in Branch's case it's obviously quite possible he's reinstated before Week 1. Branch's ban could have to do with his conditioning. He failed his conditioning test at the start of camp, and his contract includes many weight-based clauses.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 06:08:00 PM

Patriots DT Alan Branch (hip) has been cleared to practice.

Branch opened training camp on active/NFI after failing his conditioning test. His hip injury was never a concern. Branch and Terrance Knighton are competing to start next to Malcom Brown.
Source: WEEI.com
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 04:29:00 PM

Patriots placed DT Alan Branch on the active/NFI list.

Branch failed his conditioning test due to a minor hip injury. His absence could give Terrance Knighton the early edge to start next to Malcom Brown.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 05:41:00 PM

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