FOXBORO -- Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard seemed happy enough to be running around at training camp with his fellow Patriots.
"It feels great," he smiled after the rainy practice session. "It's a great opportunity to go out here with my team and enjoy it."
As well he should enjoy it. Foxboro is better than jail, right?
Dennard was arrested in his home state of Nebraska on July 11 and charged with driving under the influence. This, just three months after he was convicted of assaulting a police officer, sentenced to jail (30 days served after the 2013 season, in March) and put on probation for two years.
He appeared in court Wednesday to clarify whether or not he could still travel outside of Nebraska. As the initial probation conditions stood firm, he returned to New England for training camp.
The cornerback politely declined sharing any other details.
"I'm not trying to talk about that right now," he told reporters Friday. "I'm just worried about the present right now, and the present right now is being on the field, and trying to help my team win, and just doing as much as I can."
Dennard maintains he's fully committed to football: "Just being around the guys. They bring a lot of focus into my heart. I'm just trying trying to stay humble and have as much fun as I can."
The clock is ticking on his future. Dennard is due back in court August 27 at 8:30 a.m. for his probation revocation hearing. If it's deemed a violation occurred, the judge could order him to jail immediately.
"I'm still on the team right now, so that's all I'm worried about right now."
So he says. But Dennard didn't give much else to go on.
"I'm not going to talk about it. I'm not going to get into it," he concluded. "I'm just here to play football."