Patriots waive CB Alfonzo Dennard

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The New England Patriots have decided to waive cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.

The team on Tuesday also announced the release of long snapperTyler Ott and linebacker Deontae Skinner.

Dennard, 25, was a 2012 seventh-round pick who had been a starter at times for the Patriots. He appeared in 29 regular-season games over the past three seasons, producing five interceptions and 90 tackles. He also played four playoff games and added two more interceptions.

In 2014, Dennard slid down the depth chart before being placed on season-ending injured reserve in December before New England's regular-season finale.

The Patriots cut Dennard loose despite losing both of last season's starting cornerbacks, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, in free agency.

Dennard served 35 of a possible 60 days in a Nebraska detention center last year following a probation violation.

He was arrested in July 2013 for driving under the influence, which violated his previous probation, stemming from a 2012 conviction of felony assault of a police officer in an incident outside a Lincoln, Nebraska, bar just days before the 2012 NFL draft.

Dennard's original arrest impacted his draft status, as he slid into the seventh round after being projected by many experts to land in the top two rounds.

The NFL Network first reported the news of Dennard's release.

ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates and Patriots reporter Mike Reiss contributed to this report.

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