Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has not been spotted at Patriots practices this offseason and won’t be back on the field until training camp because he is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, a league source told the Globe.
Dennard injured his left shoulder vs. the Browns on Dec. 8.
Dennard played in 15 games last season, including the postseason, and appeared in five games after the Dec. 8 game vs. the Browns.
The third-year cornerback had arthroscopic meniscus surgery on his knee during the Patriots’ bye week in 2013 before playing 21 snaps against the Broncos on Nov. 25. He also struggled with an ankle injury last season as well as a leg injury that forced him to miss part of training camp.
Dennard’s offseason also included a 35-day stint in prison in Nebraska following his conviction on charges of assaulting a police officer in 2012. He was arrested last summer in Lincoln, Nebraska on suspicion of drunken driving, a violation of his probation from the assault conviction, and had his jail time and probabtion extended as a result.Follow Ben Volin on Twitter at @BenVolin.