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Report: Patriots Won’t Release Alfonzo Dennard

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Alfonzo Dennard  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Alfonzo Dennard (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) — Alfonzo Dennard will, at least for the time being, remain a member of the New England Patriots, according to a report on Friday.

Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reported that the Patriots do not have plans to release the 23-year-old cornerback, despite his arrest for suspicion of DUI last week.

The arrest came while Dennard was on probation, after he was found guilty in April of assaulting a police officer in Lincoln, Neb., in an incident that took place in April 2012. The Patriots drafted Dennard in the seventh round last year despite the charges, and they are now prepared to keep him on the roster despite his current charges, according to the Globe.

A member of Dennard’s camp last week said that Dennard claims to have passed a field sobriety test and two breathalyzer tests but was told by police that he did not blow hard enough into the equipment.

Dennard currently projects to start at cornerback for the Patriots, though the report said that the team is expecting him to be suspended by the league.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Nebraska prosecutors were moving to revoke Dennard’s probation, with an arraignment coming on July 31.

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