Branch breaks silence, confident deal will 'work out'

Updated: August 24, 2006, 12:51 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Patriots receiver Deion Branch talked publicly for the first time about his holdout, telling Boston television station CBS-4 on Tuesday night that he was confident everything would "work out."

Wide Receiver
New England Patriots

Profile
2005 SEASON STATISTICS
Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
78 998 5 12.8 51 245

"I'm pretty sure everything's going to work out," Branch said, while attending an And1 hoop tour event.

Branch, who has one year left on his rookie contract, has been holding out from Patriots camp since it began on July 27. He is scheduled to earn $1.045 million this season.

Branch is expected to be fined $14,000 for each day he misses from camp.

"I'm human. I have my days and ups and downs. I realize it's business and what they're doing is business," Branch told CBS-4.

Branch was the MVP in the 2005 Super Bowl with 11 receptions in a win over Philadelphia.

He was healthy throughout last year's training camp but sat out all four exhibition games, perhaps to preserve his health. He had missed seven games with a knee injury in 2004.

Branch played all the regular-season and playoff games last year and had seven catches for 99 yards and a touchdown in the opener. In 2004, he had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown against Kansas City after missing the previous six games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

ALSO SEE