Alfonzo Dennard’s trial delayed until at least December

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The good news for Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is that the start of his rookie year won’t be hindered by a trial on charges of assaulting a police officer.

The bad news is that there’s a chance the trial could coincide with the final weeks of the campaign. Dennard waived his right to a speedy trial on Tuesday and his attorney said Wednesday that a judge granted a continuance that will delay the trial until at least December. Assuming the trial does go off at that point and that Dennard is still with the Patriots, Dennard will have to figure out a way to do double duty in Foxborough and Lincoln, Nebraska.

Terry Dougherty, Dennard’s lawyer, said that he asked for the continuance because of his busy trial schedule. He also told the Associated Press that he needs more time to prepare Dennard’s defense.

Dennard facing felony third-degree assault charges stemming from a fight outside a Lincoln bar just before the draft in April. Police were trying to break up a fight between Dennard and someone else when Dennard allegedly punched a police officer in the face.

The incident led to Dennard winding up with the Patriots. He was graded as worth a pick in the first few rounds, but fell all the way to the seventh after the arrest.