Report: New England Patriots Lineman Alan Branch Suspended 4 Games | NECN

Report: New England Patriots Lineman Alan Branch Suspended 4 Games

Alan Branch reportedly tested positive for marijuana

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    FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Alan Branch #97 of the New England Patriots looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    New England Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's drug policy, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting.

    Schefter said Branch tested positive for marijuana and is appealing the suspension.

    The Patriots defense is already shorthanded, having traded linebacker Jamie Collins last month. Defensive end Jabaal Sheard was also left home as a healthy scratch from Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

    The Patriots are scheduled to play the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon.