Lions seems to be in a mess as Brian Branch has been taken….

Is Lions’ defensive back Brian Branch seriously injured?

Brian Branch was excited to be back in the Detroit secondary with his Alabama teammate Terrion Arnold after the Lions selected him in the first round of the draft. During the draft in Detroit, the defensive back, who is currently in his second year, was reportedly observed by many spectators riding a scooter with a boot on his left foot.

A picture of Branch meeting Arnold from his agency, Klutch Sports Group, went viral on Thursday morning.
Similar images of Branch riding a scooter with his left foot in a boot appear to have been captured over draft weekend in other pictures. He is wearing the same green Klutch Sports hoodie in the Reddit photos as he is in the one the agency released.

Specific injury information is essentially nonexistent at this point in the NFL offseason and is not mandated to be shared by teams. Branch did suffer an ankle injury last season that kept him out of two games; however, it was to his right ankle. He had a strong rookie season (74 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 13 pass breakups, 3 interceptions; Pro Football Focus’ 14th highest-graded cornerback) and ended the season without any apparent limits.

The draft in downtown Detroit was of course very crowded, as in record for an NFL draft crowded. So if Branch is dealing some sort of ailment to his left foot/ankle, etc., walking around to get to spots he may have needed to be would not have been a great idea. It’s fair to assume scooters were available to the general public. It’s just that Branch is recognizable as a Lions’ player and seeing him not only on a scooter but with a boot on causes automatic concern.

The Lions begin the next phase of OTAs on May 21, so it’s fair to wonder if Branch will be ready to go by then. For now, his being seeing with a boot on is not a major concern. Missing some fairly inconsequential work in May, if he’s dealing with even a minor injury, is far better than missing time come late-July, August or September.


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