Patriots 'disappointed' after Dennard's arrest

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Updated: 7/11/2013 3:03 pm

Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - The New England Patriots, already reeling from the Aaron Hernandez murder charge, have another legal matter to consider after reports Thursday morning stated that cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Nebraska.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, the former University of Nebraska star was arrested early Thursday morning by Lincoln police.

The paper cited police as saying Dennard was pulled over after officers spotted his vehicle straddling the lane line on a city street. He refused a breath test and was taken into custody.

"The New England Patriots are extremely disappointed to learn of Alfonzo Dennard's arrest," the team said in a statement Thursday. "We take this matter very seriously and are working to get more information on the incident."

It's not Dennard's first run-in with the law.

The 24-year-old was sentenced to two years of probation, 30 days in jail and 100 hours of community service just three months ago after assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest in April 2012 -- just days before the NFL Draft. His jail term wasn't expected to begin until March 1, 2014.

New England selected Dennard in the seventh round of the 2012 draft as his stock dropped following the arrest.

As a rookie, Dennard registered 35 tackles and three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He started seven of the 10 regular-season games he played, and also appeared in both of New England's playoff games.

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