For Branch, so many reasons to smile

Ultimate win-win: Back where he belongs, receiver is energizing the Pats once again

Updated: December 1, 2010, 11:01 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Nobody touched him.

Deion Branch dropped onto snowy Lambeau Field clutching his knee, choking to catch some air, after doing nothing but cutting in the sharp, precise manner that endeared him to every quarterback he's ever played with.

As he lay on his back on that bitterly cold Sunday in January 2008 with his stunned Seattle Seahawks teammates gathering around him, Branch surmised something was terribly amiss.

"I ...

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