Patriots place Dont’a Hightower, Alan Branch on PUP

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The Patriots placed linebacker Dont’a Hightower and defensive tackle Alan Branch on the physically unable to perform list.

Hightower missed the offseason program with an undisclosed injury. He missed three games last season with injuries and played only one full, 16-game season in his first five seasons.

The Patriots, though, signed Hightower to a four-year extension with more than $17 million guaranteed in the offseason.

Branch did not attend the team’s voluntary offseason program. He returned for the mandatory minicamp last month, but the Patriots held him out of practice.

Branch, 32, signed a two-year deal this offseason that included $3 million in guaranteed money.

The Patriots also placed offensive tackle Andrew Jelks on the non-football injury list.

New England can remove Hightower, Branch and Jelks from the lists at any time.

8 responses to “Patriots place Dont’a Hightower, Alan Branch on PUP

  1. Maybe the next article that mentions the Patriots will be the press release from the NFL office showing everyone the PSI information which was collected during the 2015 NFL season.

    The only logical reason for the NFL to be hiding that report is because science shows the opposite of what Roger Goodell spent millions convincing gullible dupes to believe.

  2. Plenty of players are healing, resting, doing whats right for them now to be ready when it counts… not a big deal at this moment.

  3. key tackle in Seahawk Superbowl but had a torn Labrum. Some teams passed on him in free agency because of injury concerns but Pats know he will play through it all . A real old school player.

  4. They took part in spring workouts but were sidelined during team drills and are not active to start camp. This is normal Pats’ care of vets, being exactly the same as last year for Branch, and now doing same to Dont’a too to reduce his offseason workload (according to Jeff Howe, Boston Herald).

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