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Draft Scout *Alan Branch News
08/24/14 - NT Alan Branch did not play in Saturday's 27-14 preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because he was arrested.
Bills head coach Doug Marrone told reporters after the game that Branch was not at the stadium. Marrone did not reveal any details concerning Branch's arrest, saying, "It was reported to me that he was arrested."
Multiple reports said Branch was arrested for drunk driving at about 2 a.m. Saturday, the morning of the game. Police say they saw Branch vomiting out of his car and investigated further. He reportedly had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14, well above the legal limit of 0.08.
08/24/14 - DT Alan Branch's days as a Bill ended Sunday when the team released him following his arrest the day before on a charge of driving under the influence. Branch blew a .14 and the New York State legal limit is .08. He did not come to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the Bills' game against Tampa Bay Saturday, and in a meeting with coach Doug Marrone Sunday, he was waived.
Branch's year has been weird to say the least. He was considered a free-agent find in 2013 when he signed a one-year deal, then wound up starting 13 games on the defensive line after starter Alex Carrington was lost for the season. The Bills were pleased enough to give him a three-year extension, but almost from the moment he signed it, things changed. Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, whose 3-4 hybrid system Branch thrived in, left to become head coach in Cleveland. Jim Schwartz was hired, and news of a switch to a 4-3 front did not sit well with Branch.
He skipped all of the team's voluntary organized team activities and showed up only for the mandatory three-day mini-camp in mid-June. He then reported to training camp at St. John Fisher College out of shape and could not pass his conditioning test for nearly a week. Since then, he had not performed well and was running with the second- or third-string. It appeared likely that he was going to be released even before the arrest.
07/25/14 - DT Alan Branch passed his physical Thursday July 25) and was removed from active/non-football illness.
07/23/14 - DT Alan Branch has yet to pass his conditioning test and is only able to do work on his own until he gets over that obstacle and is cleared.
07/17/14 - DT Alan Branch failed his physical and was declared active/non-football illness by the Bills July 16.