LINCOLN, Neb. — Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was convicted of assaulting a police officer. A jury found Dennard guilty of the felony charge and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest but acquitted the former Nebraska standout of third-degree assault against another man on Wednesday.
Dennard faces five years in prison for the assault and a year for resisting arrest for the April 2011 incident. Sentencing was set for April 11. Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly said his office has yet to put together a sentencing recommendation.
Dennard, who had three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 35 tackles over 10 games as a rookie in 2012, remains free on bond.
"We're disappointed that he was convicted, but that's the jury's verdict," his lawyer, Terry Dougherty, said. "Now we need to turn our attention to the sentencing phase of the trial."
The NFL said it will review Dennard's conviction under the personal-conduct policy even though the incident took place before he was drafted.
Tebow talk: The Jets will look for teams interested in quarterback Tim Tebow during the combine, espn.com reported. Trades can't be made until March 12. The former Gator, who played little as a backup in 2012, is set to count for $2.7 million against the salary cap. The Jets trimmed $31.8 million Tuesday via releases to get under by about $5.7 million.
Barkley talk: Scouts, citing the lack of elite quarterbacks in the draft, are unhappy USC's Matt Barkley will not throw during the combine, according to several media reports. Barkley said he's still recovering from a shoulder injury, which espn.com reported this week is "85-90 percent recovered," and will throw during USC's pro day March 27.
Coaches penalties: The league said it will crack down on coaches who leave the sideline to argue calls, to the point of assessing 15-yard penalties. "It can interfere, and it can be viewed as intimidating," said Ray Anderson, the league's executive vice president of football operations. "We are going to rein that in."