Bills defensive tackle Alan Branch arrested; source says it was drunk driving
updated 10:29 PM , August 23, 2014
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Alan Branch's turbulent summer took yet another sudden dip.
Bills coach Doug Marrone revealed after today's preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that Branch didn't play because he had been arrested.
Marrone said he couldn't provide any details. State Police confirmed it arrested Branch.
A Bills source told The Buffalo News the arrest was for drunken driving, but no location or time was provided.
"It was reported to me that he was arrested," Marrone said in his postgame news conference. "I'm going to meet with him tomorrow. I found out somewhere around noontime, 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.
"But that's all I know for a fact. I can't say anything else."
Branch was at the Bills' walkthrough Friday at St. John Fisher College.
Marrone excused him from today's obligations but wouldn't speculate about Branch's future with the Bills.
Branch was one of the Bills' top free-agent acquisitions last year and signed an extension after the season. But he didn't attend voluntary offseason workouts and failed his conditioning test when he reported for training camp.
He didn't enter last week's exhibition against the Pittsburgh Steelers until well into the fourth quarter and played alongside third- and fourth-stringers.