Alan Branch of the Buffalo Bills failed to suit up for their preseason match against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the defensive tackle was reportedly arrested in New York last Saturday morning.
The 29 year old Branch was found vomiting out of his side door at around 2 a.m., roughly 14 hours before their preseason match against Tampa Bay. He would be later on subjected to a sobriety test which showed that he had a blood-alcohol content of .14 percent, way above the legal limit of 0.08. This led to his arrest for driving while intoxicated but was later on released.
Coach Doug Marrone was apparently aware of Branch’s arrest and had reportedly excused him from their match which the Bills lost, 27-14, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Coach Marrone likewise bared that he had tried to touch base with Branch after learning of his arrest midday, tried calling Branch about the situation but failed. Marrone was able to reach Branch through the help of some other people although he did stress that he would talk and deal with Branch tomorrow (Sunday).
“I’m going to meet with him [on Sunday]. I found out somewhere around noon time, midday. I just had too much on my mind. I tried to call him, couldn’t get ahold of him. But I wanted to get ahold of him some other way, so I got ahold of him through other people and just said, ‘Hey, I’ll meet with you tomorrow, ‘” in a report from CBS Sports.
This latest run-in adds more fire to the heated case of Branch, who signed a three-year extension with the Bills. The defensive tackle chose not to participate in voluntary workouts to get in shape during the offseason, a move that would only spark more fire for Branch after showing up at training camp totally out of shape. Branch signed a three-year extension with the Bills last December but is reportedly still battling for a roster spot.
The arrest of Branch is actually the second case for the Bills this season after Marcell Dareus got arrested twice in the offseason.