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Patriots Lift DL Alan Branch’s Suspension For Violating Team Rules

The New England Patriots officially lifted the suspension they handed down to DL Alan Branch on Thursday for violation of team rules.

Branch, 31, is a former second-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2007. He spent four years in Arizona before brief stints with the Seahawks and Bills.

The Patriots elected to sign him to a two-year, $4.3 million contract in March of last year. He stands to make a base salary of $1.2 million in 2016 after the Patriots paid him his $400,000 offseason roster bonus.

The Patriots placed Branch on the non-football injury list a few weeks ago.

In 2015, Branch appeared in all 16 games for the Patriots and recorded 35 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and two pass defenses.