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Bills' Branch arrested for drunk driving

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Alan Branch has been on thin ice in the battle for the 53-man roster. After his latest misstep, it could be the final crack that makes him plunge into the icy water infested with unemployment.

Head coach Doug Marrone announced to the media after the team’s 27-14 loss to Tampa Bay that Branch had been arrested, but couldn’t give any further details. According to a source, Branch’s run-in with the law was for allegedly driving drunk.

“I’m going to meet with him tomorrow,” Marrone said Saturday night.“I  found out somewhere around noon midday. I just had so much on my mind. I tried to call him and couldn’t get ahold of him, so I just got ahold of him some other way through other people and said, ‘I’ll meet with you tomorrow.’ That’s all I know for a fact, I can’t say anything else.”

Branch was with the team at St. John Fisher College for their walkthrough on Friday. There wasn’t any indication where or when the defensive tackle was arrested.

Since signing his extension in December, Branch has seen his hold on the role of top backup at defensive tackle evaporate. He didn’t show to voluntary workouts and didn’t communicate with the team as to why he wasn’t there, he failed his conditioning test at the start of training camp and was demoted to the third-team defense throughout all of camp.

The Bills excused Branch from the game on Saturday against Tampa Bay. His three-year extension was worth a total of $9.3 million.

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News originally reported the arrest was for drunk driving. The Bills get back to practice on Monday in Orchard Park, which leads up to the first round of cuts being due on Tuesday, August 26. Teams must bring their rosters down to 75 players by the close of business on that day.

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