Probation revocation hearing July 31 for Patriots’ Dennard

Posted July 16, 2013, at 2:03 p.m.
Last modified July 16, 2013, at 10:57 p.m.

Second-year Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has a July 31 court date where prosecutors will push for a judge to revoke his probation and take him into immediate custody.

Dennard, 23, was charged with drunken driving, refusal of a chemical test and one traffic infraction. The arrest is grounds for ending his probation, a two-year sentence received following an assault conviction in February.

The Patriots report to training camp July 25 and veterans, including Dennard, begin practice the next day.

Last week, Dennard was arrested in Lincoln, Neb., when his vehicle was spotting crossing over the center line.

Dennard claims he did not fail a field sobriety test and was not asked to take a blood test after being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.

The former Cornhusker was pulled over about 2 a.m. Thursday and arrested. Dennard’s representatives said that he tried to blow into a Breathalyzer at least twice and the attempts were not considered sufficient enough to register a reading.

In April, Dennard was convicted of one count of assaulting a uniformed police officer and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, two years’ probation and 100 hours of law enforcement-related community service. He is scheduled to serve the jail sentence in March of 2014.

The Patriots issued a statement following the arrest in which the team said it was “extremely disappointed” to learn of Dennard’s arrest. The 2012 seventh-round pick is listed as the starting right cornerback on the Patriots’ depth chart.

Denver Broncos personnel executives Matt Russell and Tom Heckert were suspended by the team on Monday stemming from recently reported alcohol-related incidents.

Russell, director of player personnel, was suspended indefinitely without pay. Heckert, director of pro personnel, was suspended for one month without pay.

The suspensions were announced by the team. The NFL does not plan to impose further discipline.

Russell was arrested July 6 in Colorado. He was suspected of being involved in an automobile accident and then crashing into a police car a few minutes later while under the influence of alcohol.

Heckert was charged with driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or more and careless driving stemming from a June 11 in Parker, Colo.

Steelers’ players apologize

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey apologized after being photographed with his brother — Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey — while wearing caps that read “Free Hernandez.”

The photos of the twin brothers wearing the caps while at a nightclub emerged on the internet Sunday.

Broncos, Clady agree

The Broncos reached an agreement with offensive tackle Ryan Clady on a five-year contract extension through 2017, the team announced Sunday night.

The base value of the deal is $52.5 million ($33 million guaranteed) and with incentives could reach $57.5 million, ProFootballTalk.com reported. The NFL deadline for franchise players to sign long-term contract extensions was 4 p.m. ET Monday.

Clady had offseason shoulder surgery, but is not sure when he will be fully recovered.

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