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New England Patriots CB Dennard released from jail after 35 days

Patriots' Dennard reports to Nebraska jail

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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2013 file photo, New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard sits on the bench during the third quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants in Foxborough, Mass. Dennard has reported to a Lincoln, Neb., jail to begin his 60-day term for a 2012 assault on a police officer. Corrections officers with the Lancaster County Adult Detention Facility who spoke on condition of anonymity because of jail policy said Dennard reported to the Lincoln facility Saturday morning, March 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

When cornerback Alfonzo Dennard entered jail 35 days ago, the New England Patriots had signed neither Darrelle Revis nor Brandon Browner. Wonder if they let him use the Internet in the clink, or if he's just now finding out that the depth chart has changed a little.

Dennard, 24, was sentenced to 60 days after pleading no contest to driving under the influence. It was considered a violation of his probation for previously punching a police officer outside a bar in Lincoln, Nebraska— five days before the 2012 NFL draft, in fact. His stock took a major tumble, and the Patriots nabbed him in Round 7 that year. He has contributed the past two seasons regularly in the Patriots' defense but has failed to stay out of trouble.

Dennard served only 35 of the 60 days and was credited for good behavior, which is why he was released early. The sentence had been delayed until after the season, so Dennard could prevent missing any games. The Patriots’ offseason workouts begin on April 21, and he's expected to join the party.

But will he be suspended for his behavior? It's possible that both he and Browner, who will serve a four-game suspension to start the season, could be unavailable for the Patriots' early part of the schedule.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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