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Friday, July 26, 2013
Dennard: 'I'm focused on football'

By Field Yates

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Speaking for the first time since his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence earlier this month, Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard declined to comment on the matter.

"I'm not going to talk about that right now," he told reporters on the practice fields outside of Gillette Stadium on Friday. "I'm focused on football right now."

Dennard appeared in court in Lincoln, Neb., on Wednesday, during which a judge delayed a hearing to decide whether his probation from an April 2012 arrest had been violated. The hearing will take place on Aug. 27, but Dennard said he is focused on the present and the start of camp.

"I'm just worried about the present right now," he said. "And the present right now is just being on the field and trying to help my team win."

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wrote a letter on Dennard's behalf in advance of the sentencing for the April 2012 incident in which he was convicted of a felony assault of a police officer. When asked if he felt that he had let his coach down following the second arrest, Dennard offered, "I'm still on the team right now, so that's what I'm worried about right now."

As he continues to deal with the matter and gets started in his second NFL season, Dennard said he'll rely on his teammates to stay focused.

"Just being around the guys," he said. "They bring a lot of focus into my heart. Just try to stay humble and go out here and have as much fun as I can."