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Patriots Cornerback Dennard Will Do Offseason Jail Time

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Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was sentenced on Thursday morning to 30 days in jail for assaulting a police officer, which took place last April. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was sentenced on Thursday morning to 30 days in jail for assaulting a police officer, which took place last April. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was sentenced Thursday morning to 30 days in jail and two years of probation for assaulting a police officer outside a Lincoln, Neb., bar last year. Dennard's jail sentence will begin March 1 next year during the offseason. The sentence is good news for the Patriots, as he will not miss any organized team activity. Dennard was found guilty in February of the felony charge, as well as a misdemeanor of resisting arrest.

These events occurred just before April's NFL draft in 2012, which Dennard was a part of.

Dennard's attorney, Terry Dougherty, said NFL officials told him the league will not discipline Dennard.

In Dennard's rookie season, the University of Nebraska product recorded 34 tackles, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown against the Colts on Nov. 18), a forced fumble, and seven passes defensed. He earned his way into a starting cornerback role with the team opposite Aqib Talib.