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Report: Patriots DT Alan Branch Facing 4 Game Suspension

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The Patriots could soon be without one of their best run stuffers.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

According to Adam Schefter, Alan Branch is facing a four game suspension for marijuana use. Branch plans to appeal:

If Branch ends up having to serve his suspension, it will be a huge loss for the Patriots; Branch has been one of the team's best run stuffers and among the more consistent players on a defense that has been up-and-down all year long. With Jabaal Sheard being a healthy scratch this past weekend, the Patriots could suddenly find themselves dangerously thin along the front line as they prepare to face backfields that include Matt Forte, Todd Gurley, and Jay Ajayi.

It will also be interesting to closely monitor the appeals process, as it could potentially lead to that suspension bleeding over into the playoffs, depending on how speedily things move a long. Stay tuned for additional updates.