Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard won’t miss any of training camp to deal with the fallout from his arrest on suspicion of DUI earlier this month.
Dennard was originally scheduled to appear in court next week, in the middle of Patriots camp, but he appeared in a Lincoln, Nebraska court on Wednesday for a hearing on whether he violated probation as a result of the arrest. Dennard was sentenced to 30 days in jail, to be served next March, and probation for assaulting a police officer in Lincoln just before the 2012 draft.
Dennard will return to court on August 27 for the probation matter and the Lincoln Journal-Star reports that he’s free to travel back to New England for camp under the same conditions of probation that were in place before the most recent arrest. Patriots veterans report to camp on Thursday and Dennard’s hearing will be held on the same day that the Patriots have to cut their roster down to 75 players.
According to reports last week, the Patriots have no plans to cut Dennard but they are preparing for him to face league discipline that will keep him away from the team at some point during the 2013 season.