Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oakland Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch (33) tackles New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) during the second quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Place Tyvon Branch On Injured Reserve

After holding out hope for weeks that safety Tyvon Branch would be able to return at some point this season, the Oakland Raiders placed Branch on injured reserve on Saturday.

According to Pro Football Talk, Branch will be replaced on the roster by defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, who was promoted from the practice squad.

Branch had recorded more than 100 tackles for four straight seasons as the Raiders’ strong safety, but he broke his leg in Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and was unable to recover sufficiently.

Branch was a fourth-round pick of the Raiders in 2008 out of Connecticut and he became a starter in 2009.

He has four career interceptions, 18 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 433 tackles with seven sacks in 72 career games for Oakland.

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