The Buffalo Bills announced Sunday that they released nose tackle Alan Branch.

Branch, 29, did not play in Saturday's 27-14 preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because he was arrested for drunken driving in western New York.

According to state police, officers saw Branch vomiting out of the driver's side door of his vehicle. He was arrested about 2 a.m. Saturday in Cheektowaga.

Police said Branch failed a field sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol content of .14, nearly twice the legal limit of .08. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and released. He is scheduled to appear in court next Friday.

Branch was battling for a roster spot even though he received a three-year contract extension at the end of last season. He started 13 games last year, but has only played briefly this preseason.