The Patriots are ridiculously stacked at WR. Losing Branch for one week and allowing him to heal and possibly come back 100% next week or even close to that is the reasoning. They dont necessarily need him with Givens, Patten, B Johnson, another WR, Graham, another TE, and whoever else they let play.
Don't worry he may probably come back stronger later. But if you need him this week, sorry for you.
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