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  Lions | Detroit may be interested in two DTs    Sat May 19, 01:07 PM

Free-agent DT Alan Branch (Patriots) and DT Ricky Jean-Francois (Patriots) could be options for the Detroit Lions because they are familiar with head coach Matt Patricia's defensive scheme, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein.

Footballguys view: The Patriots did not exercise Branch's option, and he's gotten little to no interest on the open market. It makes sense to reunite him with Patricia, and the Lions should have interest as they look for a Haloti Ngata replacement.

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  Lions | Three DTs on Lions' radar    Wed Mar 21, 10:04 AM

Free-agent DT Johnathan Hankins (Saints), DT Alan Branch (Patriots) are expected to visit the Detroit Lions. Free-agent DT Sylvester Williams (Titans) is also on the Lions' radar.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch's option not picked up    Tue Mar 6, 04:30 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch's 2018 option will not be picked up, which will make him an unrestricted free agent, according to a source.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch wants to continue career    Wed Feb 21, 05:21 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch said he wants to continue playing as long as teams are willing to pay him. Branch is scheduled to receive a $1 million bonus March 14, but the Patriots may decide to release him since they would create $3.5 million in salary cap space.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch scheduled to receive bonus    Mon Feb 12, 12:41 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch is scheduled to receive a $1 million bonus on the first day of the league year. Branch would make $1.7 million in 2018 if the Patriots decide to pay the bonus.

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  Patriots | Free agency decisions ahead for New England    Mon Feb 5, 01:55 PM

The New England Patriots face the prospect of losing several key free agents. The Patriots have to address key impending free agents in OTs Nate Solder, Cameron Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle, along with RB Rex Burkhead, WR Danny Amendola, CB Malcolm Butler, WR/ST Matthew Slater and RB Dion Lewis. New England is projected to have approximately $17 million in salary cap space. TE Dwayne Allen, TE Martellus Bennett, DT Alan Branch, LB David Harris and RB Mike Gillislee all could be released to create more cap space.

Footballguys view: Solder is their franchise left tackle, and there's not a lot of talent at the position in this free agent class. There is speculation that Solder will end up retiring.

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Malcolm Butler player page


  Patriots | Super Bowl inactives for Patriots    Sun Feb 4, 04:42 PM

The New England Patriots have declared DL Alan Branch, WR Bernard Reedy, OL Cole Croston, LB David Harris, TE Jacob Hollister, WR Kenny Britt, RB Mike Gillislee inactive for Week 21.

Footballguys view: Mike Gillislee was seen as a possible sly Patriots pilfer from a division rival a la the Chris Hogan deal, but it ended up being a bust because Gillislee was ineffective or hurt for most of the season. He's unlikely to be back next year.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch will not play    Sun Feb 4, 01:22 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch said he will be one of the inactive players for the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Footballguys view: Branch was actually spotted eating at a Panda Express in the Mall of America hours before the game. He was a much bigger part of last year's Super Bowl Champion.

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  Patriots | Week 20 Inactives    Sun Jan 21, 01:39 PM

The New England Patriots have declared DL Alan Branch, WR Bernard Reedy, LB David Harris, TE Jacob Hollister, WR Kenny Britt, OT LaAdrian Waddle, RB Mike Gillislee inactive for Week 20.

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  Patriots | NE injury report for Championship game    Fri Jan 19, 04:19 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (hand), RB Rex Burkhead (knee), RB Mike Gillislee (knee), OT LaAdrian Waddle (knee) and DT Alan Branch (knee) were limited during practice Friday, Jan. 19, and are listed as questionable for the AFC Championship game.

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  Patriots | Thursday practice report for Patriots    Thu Jan 18, 04:40 PM

New England Patriots OT LaAdrian Waddle (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 18. DT Alan Branch (knee) was limited during practice.

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  Patriots | Wednesday injury report for Patriots    Wed Jan 17, 04:39 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (knee) and RB Mike Gillislee (knee) were limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Footballguys view: Gillislee could return this week to take a little off of Dion Lewis or Rex Burkhead's plate as an inside runner, but the restricted free agent signing has mostly been a bust for the team, and he's unlikely to have a playoff impact.

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  Patriots | Divisional Round inactives for NE    Sat Jan 13, 06:50 PM

The New England Patriots have declared DL Alan Branch, OL Cole Croston, LB David Harris, CB Johnson Bademosi, WR Kenny Britt, RB Mike Gillislee, RB Rex Burkhead inactive for Week 19.

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  Patriots | Divisional Round injury report for NE    Thu Jan 11, 04:19 PM

New England Patriots LB Marquis Flowers (illness), RB Mike Gillislee (knee), DT Alan Branch (knee), RB Rex Burkhead (knee), DE Eric Lee (ankle, finger) and RB James White (ankle) were limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 11, and are listed as questionable for the Divisional Round playoff game against the Tennessee Titans.

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James White player page
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  Patriots | Wednesday practice report for Patriots    Wed Jan 10, 05:53 PM

New England Patriots LB Marquis Flowers (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 10. DT Alan Branch (knee), DE Eric Lee (ankle, finger) and LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) were limited during practice.

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  Patriots | Tuesday injury report for Patriots    Tue Jan 9, 05:33 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (knee), DL Eric Lee (ankle, finger) and LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) were limited in practice Tuesday, Jan. 9.

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  Patriots | Rex Burkhead, Alan Branch return to practice    Wed Jan 3, 12:46 PM

New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) and DT Alan Branch (knee) were back at practice Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Footballguys view: The Patriots have a bye this week and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. When they play next week they should have Burkhead back as planned.

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  Patriots | Week 17 inactives for Patriots    Sun Dec 31, 11:40 AM

The New England Patriots have declared DL Alan Branch, WR Chris Hogan, OL Cole Croston, LB David Harris, RB James White, RB Mike Gillislee, RB Rex Burkhead inactive for Week 17.

Footballguys view: Dion Lewis should get as much work as he can handle against the Jets today.

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  Patriots | Week 17 injury report for New England    Fri Dec 29, 05:32 PM

New England Patriots DE Alan Branch (knee), RB Rex Burkhead (knee) and RB Mike Gillislee (knee) did not practice Friday, Dec. 29, and they're out for the Week 17 game against the New York Jets. DL Eric Lee (ankle) did not practice and is listed as questionable, as are WR Chris Hogan (shoulder), CB Devin McCourty (shoulder), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring), LB Kyle Van Noy (calf), OT LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) and RB James White (ankle), who were limited in practice.

Footballguys view: White could return this week with Gillislee out, but the Patriots lead back should be Dion Lewis once again this week.

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James White player page


  Patriots | Thursday practice report for Patriots    Thu Dec 28, 04:43 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 28. DE Eric Lee (ankle), FS Devin McCourty (shoulder), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring), LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) were limited during practice.

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  Patriots | Wednesday practice report for Patriots    Wed Dec 27, 06:35 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 27. DE Eric Lee (ankle), FS Devin McCourty (shoulder), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring), LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) were limited during practice.

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  Patriots | Week 16 injury report for Patriots    Fri Dec 22, 04:40 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (knee) and RB Rex Burkhead (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 22, and have been ruled out for Week 16. RB Brandon Bolden (groin), WR Chris Hogan (shoulder), S Brandon King (hamstring), DE Eric Lee (ankle), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring), LB Kyle Van Noy (calf), OT LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) and RB James White (ankle) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable.

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James White player page


  Patriots | Thursday practice report for Patriots    Thu Dec 21, 06:53 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 21. RB Brandon Bolden (groin), S Brandon King (hamstring), DE Eric Lee (ankle), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring), LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) were limited during practice.

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  Patriots | Wednesday practice report for Patriots    Wed Dec 20, 07:03 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 20. RB Brandon Bolden (groin), S Brandon King (hamstring), DE Eric Lee (ankle), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring), LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) were limited during practice.

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  Patriots | Week 15 inactives for Patriots    Sun Dec 17, 03:06 PM

The New England Patriots have declared DL Alan Branch, CB Brandon King, WR Chris Hogan, OL Cole Croston, DE Geneo Grissom, LB Kyle Van Noy, RB Mike Gillislee inactive for Week 15.

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  Patriots | Week 15 injury report for New England    Fri Dec 15, 05:53 PM

New England Patriots DL Alan Branch (knee) did not practice Friday, Dec. 15, and he has been ruled out for the Week 15 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. DL Trey Flowers (ribs), CB Stephon Gilmore (ankle), LB David Harris (ankle), WR Chris Hogan (shoulder), DB Brandon King (hamstring), DL Eric Lee (ankle), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring), LB Kyle Van Noy (calf), OT LaAdrian Waddle (ankle), DL Deatrich Wise Jr. (foot) were listed limited participants and they're each considered questionable.

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Kyle Van Noy player page
Trey Flowers player page


  Patriots | Thursday practice report for Patriots    Thu Dec 14, 05:44 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (knee) and CB Johnson Bademosi (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 14. CB Malcolm Butler (ankle), DE Trey Flowers (rib), CB Stephon Gilmore (ankle), LB David Harris (ankle), S Brandon King (hamstring), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring), OT LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) and DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (foot) were limited during practice.

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Stephon Gilmore player page
Malcolm Butler player page
Trey Flowers player page


  Patriots | Wednesday practice report for Patriots    Wed Dec 13, 06:29 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 13. CB Malcolm Butler (ankle), DE Trey Flowers (rib), CB Stephon Gilmore (ankle), LB David Harris (ankle), S Brandon King (hamstring), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring), OT LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) and DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (foot) were limited during practice.

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Stephon Gilmore player page
Malcolm Butler player page
Trey Flowers player page


  Patriots | New England injury report for Friday    Fri Nov 17, 05:21 PM

New England Patriots C David Andrews (illness), OT Marcus Cannon (ankle), WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) and WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) did not practice Friday, Nov. 17, and are ruled out for Week 11 against the Oakland Raiders. WR Danny Amendola (knee), TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder, hamstring), DL Malcom Brown (ankle), DE Cassius Marsh (shoulder) and CB Eric Rowe (groin) were limited and are listed as questionable. DE Alan Branch (neck) was limited, too, but he was removed from the injury report.

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Eric Rowe player page


  Patriots | New England's practice report for Thursday    Thu Nov 16, 07:20 PM

New England Patriots C David Andrews (illness), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) and OT Marcus Cannon (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 16. Meanwhile, DTs Alan Branch (neck), Malcom Brown (ankle), DE Cassius Marsh (shoulder) and CB Eric Rowe (groin) were all limited participants.

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  Patriots | Wednesday practice report for Patriots    Wed Nov 15, 08:09 PM

New England Patriots OT Marcus Cannon (ankle) and WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 15. DT Alan Branch (neck), DT Malcolm Brown (ankle), DE Cassius Marsh (shoulder) and CB Eric Rowe (groin) were limited during practice.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch travels with team    Sat Oct 14, 06:06 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch traveled with the team for their Week 6 game, according to a source. Branch was a healthy scratch for the team's Week 5 game.

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  Patriots | Week 5 inactives for Patriots    Thu Oct 5, 07:06 PM

The New England Patriots have declared DL Alan Branch, OL Cole Croston, CB Eric Rowe, LB Harvey Langi, OT LaAdrian Waddle, RB Rex Burkhead, TE Rob Gronkowski inactive for Week 5.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch out for Week 5    Thu Oct 5, 11:49 AM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch didn't travel with the team to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 5.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch off PUP    Mon Aug 14, 09:20 AM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (undisclosed) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 14, and he's practicing.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower, Alan Branch going on PUP list    Mon Jul 24, 06:25 PM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (undisclosed) and DT Alan Branch (undisclosed) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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  Patriots | Two Patriots placed on PUP list    Mon Jul 24, 05:17 PM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (undisclosed) and DT Alan Branch (undisclosed) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 24.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch should be at minicamp    Sun Jun 4, 06:23 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch has not been present for organized team activities this offseason but is expected to take part in the mandatory minicamp.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch staying with Patriots    Thu Mar 9, 01:30 PM

New England Patriots impending free-agent DT Alan Branch is re-signing to a two-year, $12 million deal, according to a source.

Footballguys view: A solid re-signing for the Patriots. Branch isn't bucking for Canton but he's a solid tackle and an important part of the New England defense. It's not a costly deal, so the Patriots get a good talent without a big pocketbook hit.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch receives offer from Patriots    Sat Mar 4, 08:36 AM

New England Patriots impending free-agent DT Alan Branch received a contract offer from the Patriots this week which is believed to be worth at least $5 million per season.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch says he will play    Fri Feb 3, 05:06 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (toe) said he will play in Super Bowl LI even though he is listed as questionable because of a toe injury.

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  Patriots | Friday injury report for Patriots    Fri Feb 3, 04:49 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (toe), FS Nate Ebner (concussion), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) and DT Vincent Valentine (back) were limited during practice Friday, Feb. 3, and are listed as questionable for Super Bowl LI.

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  Patriots | New England's Thursday injury report    Thu Feb 2, 07:14 PM

New England Patriots DTs Alan Branch (toe), Vincent Valentine (back), FS Nate Ebner (concussion) and LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) were limited participants in practice Thursday, Feb. 2.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch expected to play    Thu Feb 2, 12:12 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (toe) should be able to play in Super Bowl LI even though he is dealing with a toe injury, according to a source.

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  Patriots | Wednesday injury report for Patriots    Wed Feb 1, 06:16 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (toe), FS Nate Ebner (concussion) and LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) were limited during practice Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch not at practice    Tue Jan 10, 02:38 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (undisclosed) was not present for the beginning of practice Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Footballguys view: Branch missed last week's practice as well, but he is not believed to be dealing with a serious injury.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch wins appeal    Sat Dec 3, 01:28 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch won the appeal of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch travels with team    Sat Nov 26, 04:16 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch traveled with the team for their Week 12 game, according to a source. He is appealing his four-game suspension and will be able to play.

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  Patriots | Alan Branch suspended, appealing    Mon Nov 21, 03:37 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's drug policy, according to sources. He tested positive for marijuana and is appealing the suspension.

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  Patriots | Thursday practice report for New England    Thu Nov 17, 09:42 PM

New England Patriots OT Nate Solder (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 17, and DT Alan Branch (back) was a limited participant.

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