Alan Branch wins appeal, gets four-game suspension overturned

On Saturday, ESPN's Field Yates reported that Branch will be able to remain on the field after winning his appeal.

Branch's agent later confirmed the news on Twitter. The 31-year-old, who is in the final season of his contract, has one sack, one forced fumble, one blocked field goal, six quarterback pressures, eight run stuffs and a drawn holding penalty.

Nick Shook of NFL.com noted Branch was notified of the possible ban November 21 for a violation of the league's policy on substances of abuse.

Branch had been notified in late November that he was facing a four-game ban for violation of the league's policy on substances of abuse.

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As of Thursday, Branch had not heard anything in regards to his appeal.

Branch was previously suspended one week by the Patriots in August for an undisclosed reason. Branch was already in the drug program, so he can be tested up to 10 times per month.

Branch was originally suspended November 21, but appealed and was able to play Sunday against the Jets, where he recorded six tackles (one solo).

The defensive tackle has played in all 11 games for the New England Patriots.

  • Lawrence Cooper