As the Buffalo Bills were warming up for Saturday afternoon's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reserve defensive tackle Alan Branch was noticeably absent from the field. He'd already been ruled out of the contest, but unlike other inactive players, he was nowhere to be seen.
It didn't come out until after the Bills' 27-14 loss to the Bucs, during Doug Marrone's post-game press conference, that Branch had been excused because he had been arrested. And it didn't come out until an hour after that, courtesy of Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, that Branch was arrested for a DUI.
Marrone told reporters that he plans to meet with Branch on Sunday. Further details about Branch's arrest are not yet known.
It's the latest in a long line of missteps for Branch since signing a lucrative three-year contract extension last December. He missed all of the team's voluntary workouts in the spring, then showed up to camp out of shape and failed the team's conditioning test. In the weeks prior to his arrest, Branch had fallen down the depth chart to the third-team defense, rotating in behind little-known (yet productive) players like Stefan Charles, Corbin Bryant, and Landon Cohen.
Given this latest development, and Branch's status as a veteran, it would not be surprising at all if he were part of the team's first round of cuts this coming Tuesday.