Miami Dolphins’ Andre Branch comments on his surgery

Andre Branch is hoping to return to his 2016 level after surgery. (Getty Images)

Miami Dolphins defensive end Andre Branch played through some injuries in 2017.

Branch announced Wednesday on Twitter that he was having surgery, and then later said it was “successful.”

Branch missed time last season with a knee injury, and when he did play, his explosiveness was limited. He tried to play through some pain and discomfort, even as he struggled to deliver the type of positive energy to his teammates that he did when his insertion into the starting lineup help change the course of Miami’s 2016 season.

Before last season, Branch agreed to a 3-year, $24 million contract. But Branch had 4.5 sacks and 23 tackles, one season after earning a big pay day with 5.5 sacks and 49 tackles.

Near the end of last season, Miami defensive coordinator Matt Burke said: “He has been battling some stuff, ‘Dre has. He has been … I think it’s kind of one of the less talked about things that he has been battling through a lot of things and tried to tough some things out, so I don’t think he has been feeling 100 percent physically. That has probably affected a little bit of his production and those sort of things. He has kind of been right where we want him to be.”

For Branch, 28, 2018 is a critical season. If the Dolphins were to part ways after next season, they would sustain only a $2 million cap hit.

As last season was winding down, Branch told the Daily Dolphin: ““It’s tough because you’re limited, and people don’t see that. They just want things to be done and they have no clue what you’re going through. But at the end of the day, it’s a part of football. It’s a very brutal sport, and you’ve gotta battle through injuries.”

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