Alfonzo Dennard’s preparations for the 2014 NFL season are temporarily on hold after the Patriots cornerback reported to jail Saturday to start serving his 60-day sentence for assaulting a police officer in Lincoln, Neb., in 2012.
According to an Associated Press report, Dennard, 24, showed up at the Lancaster County Adult Detention Facility in Lincoln in the morning.
The report cited corrections officers who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of jail policy.
Dennard was arrested for hitting a police officer just days before he was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2012 draft after a standout career at Nebraska. Dennard had been projected as a third-to-fourth-round selection prior to the arrest.
Dennard was convicted of felony assault and given two years’ probation and 30 days in jail. The sentence was suspended until the end of the football season. However, Dennard’s sentence was doubled after a judge ruled he violated his probabtion when he was pulled over and arrested for suspicion of drunk driving in Lincoln last July.
The drunk driving charge was subsequently dismissed in a plea bargain after Dennard pleaded no contest to refusing to submit to a chemical test. He was assessed a $500 penalty and placed on probation for that offense.
According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Dennard is likely to be incarcerated for a total of 35 days after credit for good behavior and three days served.
The 5-foot-10-inch, 204-pound Dennard has played in 23 games for the Patriots, including 15 starts.
For his career, he has 80 tackles and four interceptions, including an 87-yard return for a touchdown in his rookie season.