Dont'a Hightower, Alan Branch to open training camp on PUP list

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 25, 2017

Linebacker/defensive captain Dont'a Hightower and defensive tackle Alan Branch are both expected to begin camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

The 27-year-old missed three games last season with injuries, and has only played one full 16-game season without injury in his five-year career.

After playing a crucial role in the team's run to a fifth Super Bowl title last season, Hightower agreed in March to a four-year deal worth $43.5 million to return to the team.

This is nothing new for Branch, who skips a large portion of the spring practices and usually stays on the PUP list until he passes a conditioning test. When he returned to town for the team's mandatory minicamp in June, the coaching staff kept him out of practice.

A pair of key New England Patriots defensive players will be sidelined for the beginning of training camp, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Both Hightower and Branch worked with a separate group on a different field during that time.

The Patriots also placed offensive tackle Andrew Jelks on the non-football injury list.

Rookies reported to camp Monday, and veterans will report Wednesday, with the first practice scheduled for Thursday morning.

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