by Fitzgerald Cecilio

The New England Patriots announced are extremely disappointed to learn of cornerback Alfonzo Dennard's arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence.

According to a report the Lincoln, Nebraska Police Department, Dennard's red Honda Accord was pulled over around 2 a.m. for straddling the lane line on Normal Boulevard.

Police Department spokeswoman Katie Flood said Dennard emitted an odor of alcohol and displayed signs of impairment. He was then asked to do a field sobriety test and was transported to the Cornhusker Place for a breath test, where his refusal along with his straddling of lane lines led to the citation before being released.

Dennard is already serving two years of probation after being convicted in February of felony assault of a police officer outside of a Lincoln bar in 2012. He is also scheduled to begin his 30-day jail sentence March 1, 2014.

The incident with the police officer caused him to slide down to the seventh round in the 2012 draft where he was picked by the Patriots.

He has three seasons remaining on his rookie contract. If the Patriots release him, they'd save $451,076 against the 2013 cap .

Dennard is expected to start at right corner, across from Aqib Talib, with Kyle Arrington in the slot. If Dennard is unavailable, Arrington, Ras-I Dowling or third-round pick Logan Ryan could take his spot.

The team is still reeling from Aaron Hernandez' murder charge.

Ex-center calls Broncos 'cowards' for concealing DUI charges vs exec

Denver, CO

Former Broncos center Tom Nalen called the Denver Broncos cowards for concealing earlier drunken driving charges against its director of pro personnel Tom Heckert, 45.

Word of Heckert's arrest came a day after another Broncos executive Matt Russell, 40, apologized for his arrest over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Heckert was arrested in Parker, Colo., way back in June 11 and charged with driving under the influence and careless driving, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Department.

Broncos president Joe Ellis used strong words against the two incidents, saying it's embarrassing for the franchise, majority team owner/CEO Pat Bowlen and the fans. He promised to impose discipline.

But while the Broncos are now taking a tougher stand, Nalen would have none of it.

Nalen said he called the Broncos cowards because, while the team is saying it will be proactive now, it could have taken the same approach after Heckert's arrest in early June.

Publicizing Heckert's arrest, Nalen opined, could have prevented Russell from his incident.

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