And his punishment began Saturday when Dennard reported to the Lincoln, Neb., jail to begin a 60-day term in jail.
Dennard, 24, had been on probation for an assault on a police officer. Originally, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail and community service after his arrest in April 2012, only a few days before the NFL Draft.
Dennard had been considered a mid-round draft pick, but after the arrest, the Patriots waited until the seventh round to select him. Then, he was arrested last July on suspicion of drunken driving, and the judge doubled his jail time and said, "I want you to know this is your last chance."
In 2013, Dennard started nine games, accumulating 45 tackles and grabbing an interception for New England.
His two-month stint in jail could be reduced to 35 days if he is credited with good behavior.