Bills cut DT Alan Branch after DUI arrest

Monday August 25th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills cut defensive tackle Alan Branch on Sunday,'s Marc Sessler reported, one day after he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Branch sat out Saturday's preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the aftermath of the arrest. After the game Saturday, Bills head coach Doug Marrone said he would meet with Branch on Sunday.

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"It was reported to me that he was arrested,"Marrone said in his postgame news conference, according to The Buffalo News. "I'm going to meet with him tomorrow. I found out somewhere around noontime, midday. I just had too much on my mind.

"But that's all I know for a fact. I can't say anything else."

Branch had struggled after signing a three-year, $8.5 million contract extension with the Bills last offseason. The 29-year-old did not attend the Bills' voluntary offseason workouts, and he failed an initial conditioning test at training camp. He also hadn't seen much previous action in preseason, failing to appear in the Bills' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend until the fourth quarter. 

An eight-year pro, Branch played his first four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before joining the Seattle Seahawks. He joined the Bills in 2013, starting in 13 games while recording 39 tackles.

-Brett LoGiurato

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