Deion Branch released by New England Patriots
- By Dan Hanzus
- Around the League Writer
- Published: Nov. 17, 2012 at 04:45 p.m.
- Updated: Nov. 18, 2012 at 09:24 a.m.
Deion Branch's reunion with the New England Patriots didn't have legs.
NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Saturday that the Patriots have released Branch, per a source who's spoken with the player. The Patriots later confirmed Branch's release.
Branch injured his hamstring Friday and was questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com reported the injury led to Branch's release.
Branch was initially cut by the Patriots prior to the season opener, but was re-signed prior to Week 3. He never found a niche in the Patriots' offense this season, managing just nine receptions for 80 yards in seven games, including three starts.
Branch, 33, was a second-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2002 and the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, when he had 11 receptions for 133 yards. He is ninth on the Patriots' all-time receiving list despite spending five seasons of his career with the Seattle Seahawks.
The team also released defensive back Malcolm Williams. Wide receiver Greg Salas and cornerback Aqib Talib have been added to the 53-man roster.