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Patriots’ Alfonzo Dennard admits to violating probation

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Alfonzo Dennard is due back in court Oct. 8 for an appearance related to the DUI, for which he is facing two misdemeanor charges.

FOXBOROUGH — Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was back in a Lincoln, Neb., courtroom Monday morning for a hearing to determine whether his July 11 arrest for suspicion of DUI violated terms of probation handed down three months earlier.

The hearing twice had been postponed, but Dennard was present Monday.

According to reporters in the courtroom, Dennard’s attorney Alan Stoler told Judge Stephanie Stacy at the beginning of the proceedings that the former University of Nebraska player admitted to the violation of the probation she had laid out in April.


Dennard also stated that he drank two beers around 9 p.m., then drove his girlfriend’s car approximately 4½ hours later.

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Stacy ruled that Dennard did violate probation but said he can remain on probation until a sentencing Dec. 5; she also ordered an updated investigation into his behavior.

Lancaster County prosecutor Chris Turner said Dennard intentionally did not blow hard enough to get a full reading when he was pulled over by police in Lincoln after the Honda Accord he was driving was spotted straddling lanes on the city’s Normal Avenue in the early-morning hours.

The prosecutor said Dennard blew a .107 in the field and .153 at the detox center he was taken to after being detained (he was not jailed).

According to Turner, the police sergeant who pulled Dennard over said the 24-year-old fumbled with paperwork in the car and had bloodshot, watery eyes. Dennard denied drinking, but showed signs of impairment and police found alcohol in the car.


Dennard is due back in court Oct. 8 for an appearance related to the DUI, for which he is facing two misdemeanor charges. Neither Dennard nor Stoler commented as they left the courtroom.

In April 2012, Dennard was arrested just days before the NFL draft and charged with third-degree felony for striking a police officer, as well as resisting arrest and misdemeanor assault for allegedly striking another college student. He was found guilty of assault on the officer and resisting arrest in February.

On April 11, Stacy sentenced Dennard to 24 months probation, a 30-day jail term to be served in March 2014 (after the NFL season), and 100 hours of community service.

The felony conviction carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He could face an additional year in prison for the resisting arrest conviction.

Injury updates

The Patriots returned to the practice field to begin preparations for their Week 3 matchup with Tampa Bay with three players absent and one player surprisingly present.


Receiver Danny Amendola, who has been dealing with a strained groin and could be facing surgery to repair an oblique muscle, was on the field during the media-access window.

But during the warm-up and some agility/positional drills, Amendola appeared to be out there purely for show. He was not moving well at all, gingerly doing footwork and slowly moving through short routes as he caught passes.

Aqib Talib, Matthew Slater, and Dennard were the absentees. It was not immediately clear why Talib was missing, though he was rolled up on late in the game against the Jets last Thursday.

The Globe reported Monday afternoon that Slater may have a broken bone in his hand, putting his availability for Sunday in doubt.

Goldson suspended

The NFL suspended Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson one game for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans’s Darren Sproles Sunday.

Goldson was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play, but it was the second time in as many weeks he was penalized, and his fifth unnecessary roughness penalty since 2011.

He was fined $30,000 last week for a hit on the Jets’ Jeff Cumberland in the season opener.

The suspension goes into effect immediately, making Goldson unable to practice or play in Sunday’s game against the Patriots. However, ESPN reported that Goldson would appeal the decision and was seeking an expedited hearing in hopes of being able to play this weekend.

Dressed for success

Quarterback Ryan Mallett and practice squad defensive backs Kanorris Davis and Justin Green were wearing black jerseys Monday, signifying that they are the first practice players of the season for the Patriots’ first two wins . . . There were multiple reports Monday that Jets offensive linemen Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and Willie Colon would only be fined, not suspended, for their roles in the late-game fight with the Patriots, which was set off by Mangold appearing to dive at Talib’s knees as Talib was going out of bounds after a fourth-quarter interception.

Ben Volin of the Globe staff contributed to this report.