Patriots DT Branch suspended 4 games for drug use

Patriots DT Branch suspended 4 games for drug use

Javier Howell
November 22, 2016

New England Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Schefter Tweeted the details Monday afternoon. The drug Branch reportedly tested positive for is marijuana. Apparently, Branch tested positive for marijuana.

Suspensions begin with the fourth violation (four games).

Starting alongside fellow interior lineman Malcom Brown for nine of the Patriots' 10 games this season, Branch has 33 tackles (14 assisted) and one sack.

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Branch was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2007 and also played for the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills before coming to the Patriots in 2014. His stats this season nearly match his total from last season when he totaled 35 tackles and one sack.

Branch, in his 10th National Football League campaign, was arrested during the 2014 pre-season for drink driving while with the Buffalo Bills, who released him soon after, setting the stage for him joining the Patriots in October 2014. Both Brown and Valentine are smaller defensive tackles in comparison to Branch, by 30 pounds and 4 inches.

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