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Patriots likely will be without Alan Branch vs. Steelers

Ryan Hannable
December 15, 2017 - 12:18 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots likely will be without one of their top defensive lineman against the Steelers on Sunday.

Alan Branch missed his third straight practice on Friday, which likely means he will not play against Pittsburgh. This also explains why Ricky Jean Francois was re-signed on Wednesday. Branch injured his knee in Monday's loss to the Dolphins.

Johnson Bademosi, who missed Thursday's practice with an illness, returned.

The final injury report of the week, with game designations, will be released later on Friday.

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