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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