Alfonzo Dennard returns to practice

New England Patriots rookie cornerback Alfonzo Dennard returned to practice Thursday. He missed Wednesday's session due to a mandatory court appearance in Nebraska.

Dennard was charged with assault in Nebraska in April and had two court appearances pushed back in July and November. He will return to court on Feb. 11 after the season is over.

The seventh-round pick has made an impact on New England's defense. Dennard recorded 35 tackles and three interceptions during the regular season.