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Former Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was jailed in Nebraska for violating terms of the probation he was sentenced to for punching a Lincoln police officer a week before the 2012 NFL draft.
According to court documents, Dennard was sentenced last week to five days in Lancaster County Jail in Lincoln for testing positive for alcohol three times in the past month and skipping a drug test. He reported to jail Tuesday.
Dennard was placed on probation for third-degree felony assault of a police officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest for his role in a scuffle outside a bar in April 2012. The former Nebraska Cornhusker played three years with the Patriots and was on their Super Bowl-winning team last season. The Arizona Cardinals cut him in July.
Peyton Manning practiced for the first time in a month for the Broncos but will be on the sideline watching Brock Osweiler, for at least another weekend.
Coach Gary Kubiak ruled out Manning for the Broncos’ showdown at Pittsburgh. But he said Manning took a ‘‘step in the right direction’’ in his return from a torn plantar fascia in his left foot.
Kubiak said the plan was to increase Manning’s workload Thursday. He wasn’t about to prognosticate an eventual return to the lineup for the 18-year veteran.
Manning spent a week in a hard cast and several more days in a walking boot after he was pulled from the lineup Nov. 15.
He progressed to throwing indoors on his own last week and this marked his first practice with teammates in 32 days.
‘‘It’s great to have him back out there,’’ said Osweiler, who will make his fifth start in place of Manning when the Broncos (10-3) visit the Steelers (8-5).
Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, Andrew Luck (kidney) wore a helmet and threw passes for Indianapolis for the first time since he was injured Nov. 8.
Matt Hasselbeck (neck, ribs) missed practice, yet Colts coach Chuck Pagano remained optimistic the 40-year-old backup will start Sunday’s crucial game against Houston.
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