Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dennard gets back in on Pats' off-field drama fest


The New England Patriots have endured an unusually high amount of off-the-field drama this offseason.

Thursday brought a little more.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Patriots defensive back Alfonzo Dennard was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Lincoln, Nebraska early Thursday morning. Dennard reportedly refused a blood-alcohol test after being stopped by police.

The incident was another example of poor timing from the 24-year-old former Nebraska Cornhusker, as his arrest comes during a time of tremendous trepidation for his team after star tight end Aaron Hernandez's murder allegations.

Dennard, once considered a first-round talent, was arrested for assaulting an officer five days before the 2012 NFL Draft. New England selected him in the seventh round.

Dennard was convicted in February and is scheduled to begin a 30-day prison term on March 1, 2014.

Per the league's track record, a player with a history of legal troubles can expect discipline from the league office after an incident, often regardless of how the case is resolved. Dennard could face further consequences from a team undoubtedly frustrated with off-field issues from it's players.

Dennard, though inexperienced, was a bright spot in an inconsistent Patriots secondary last year. The team was hoping to maintain some continuity on their young defense, but this incident will likely put Dennard's availability in jeopardy.

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