Alfonzo Dennard admits to violation

Appearing Monday morning in a Lincoln, Neb., courtroom, New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard admitted he violated the terms of his probation tied to his felony assault sentence in a DUI arrest over the summer.

Dennard, who will serve a 30-day jail sentence next March for assaulting a police officer, will have a sentencing hearing Dec. 5 to determine whether he will serve additional time behind bars for the probation violation. He is free on probation until that hearing, meaning his availability to the Patriots is unaffected.

His next court date for the DUI charge is scheduled for Oct. 8, just before the Patriots' Week 5 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to reports out of Nebraska, Dennard said he had two beers and drove his girlfriend's car 4½ hours later, when he was arrested July 11 on suspicion of DUI. He also said he struggled to say the alphabet backwards when an officer asked him to do so.

"I have a hard time doing that right now," Dennard said, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

Prosecutors alleged that Dennard was pulled over because his car was straddling the center line in the road and that the cornerback would not properly blow into a breathalyzer. Police said they were able to get a partial sample of a .107 blood-alcohol level, which is above the legal limit of .08.

Dennard received two years' probation and the 30-day delayed sentence after being convicted of felony assault of a police officer during an April 2012 incident in Lincoln.

The second-year player was a seventh-round pick by the Patriots in 2012 and became a starter late in last season, a role he has resumed in 2013.