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Branch resolves DUI charge

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With a November 1 deadline for resolving pending DUI charges to avoid the mandatory two-game suspension under the new substance-abuse policy, newly-signed Patriots defensive lineman Alan Branch has done just that.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Branch has wrapped up the charges that followed an August arrest.  The incident prompted the Bills to cut him.

The Patriots didn’t mandate resolution of the case before signing him, but the source says the Pats preferred it.

Branch will now be subject to a two-game fine, with a maximum forfeiture of $50,000.  Barring unusual circumstances, Branch won’t be suspended.

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16 Responses to “Branch resolves DUI charge”
  1. yourmamalovespatriotsd1 says: Oct 29, 2014 1:16 PM

    Patriots Will Win Sunday! 💪😎✌️

  2. wte1 says: Oct 29, 2014 1:33 PM

    Alan Branch is huge. NE is obviously trying to get bigger and more physical on the line to shore up run defense.

  3. buddysguys says: Oct 29, 2014 1:34 PM

    how long until Branch is puking in a Foxboro grocery store parking lot?

    #getcrunk

  4. golforepar says: Oct 29, 2014 1:50 PM

    I says I was innocent!

  5. Ed Bandell says: Oct 29, 2014 2:03 PM

    He won’t be suspended…

    Unless the NFL decides to change policy midstream again and retroactively suspend people.

  6. catquick says: Oct 29, 2014 2:21 PM

    The real reason the Bills dumped him was he missed OTAs and arrived way out of shape to play. he was puking during training sessions. the DUI was just the last straw. The Bills were counting on him, and signed him to a big contract in the offseason. I can’t imagine he’s in any better shape now.

  7. revren10 says: Oct 29, 2014 2:32 PM

    Finally they signed a whale. Hooray another fat guy to stop the run

  8. ampats says: Oct 29, 2014 2:41 PM

    ” I can’t imagine he’s in better shape now”

    Brilliant statement as it would make sense the Patriots would sign a player at this time of the season who is out of shape and cut another player.

  9. floriosnuts says: Oct 29, 2014 2:46 PM

    Hopefully this guy has something left. If not he’ll be gone before Turkey day. Low risk signing with some upside if he can help hold the fort vs the run. Time will tell.

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 29, 2014 3:38 PM

    At least he’s not coming off ACL or other knee surgery.

  11. VenerableAxiom says: Oct 29, 2014 3:38 PM

    Well, at least the Bills did the right thing.

  12. wideright91 says: Oct 29, 2014 4:50 PM

    Bills cut turds
    BillB collects turds

  13. tedmurph says: Oct 29, 2014 6:20 PM

    The Bills have a good DL, they could probably afford to cut this guy. I think the Pats liked Branch coming outta college. What’s the downside? AAyers looked pretty good last week.

  14. thingamajig says: Oct 29, 2014 7:05 PM

    “The Patriots didn’t mandate resolution of the case before signing him, but the source says the Pats preferred it.” = Fix it or you won’t get signed.

  15. thepowerofgreen says: Oct 29, 2014 9:00 PM

    How many turds on the 53 man roster can the Pats actually field?

  16. thenyolive says: Oct 29, 2014 10:57 PM

    didn’t the pats wait to announce the signing until today? I’m thinking thingamajig is right on.

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