Jaguars pass-rusher Branch to make season debut at Colts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars should get some much-needed help on defense this week.

Defensive end Andre Branch made it through a second straight practice Thursday without any setbacks, clearing the way for him to make his season debut at Indianapolis on Sunday.

Branch has been sidelined since spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee on Aug. 29, in a preseason game against Detroit.

Branch says ''I just put my head down and went to work and got back earlier than planned.''

Without Branch, the Jaguars (1-2) have six sacks and 12 quarterback hurries this season. He's unlikely to play extended snaps against the Colts, but his return gets Jacksonville closer to full strength on the defensive front. The Jaguars are still waiting on tackle Sen'Derrick Marks to fully recover from knee surgery.

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