The Patriots will need to start making contingency plans for the possibility that they could temporarily be without cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.

Dennard was found guilty yesterday of third-degree felonious assault of a police officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

After a weeklong trial at Lancaster County District Court in Lincoln, Neb., a 12-person jury deliberated for nearly six hours Tuesday and an hour and a half yesterday before reaching the guilty verdicts. They also found Dennard not guilty of a separate misdemeanor assault charge.

Dennard will be sentenced April 11, and he faces a maximum of six years in jail and $11,000 in fines for the two guilty charges.

Lancaster County attorney Joe Kelly told the Herald they would “probably not make a sentencing recommendation,” which he said was standard operating procedure. He said any report that there would be no recommended jail time is inaccurate because there would be no recommendation either way. Kelly also wouldn’t comment on any potential negotiations for a plea agreement through the process.

The NFL is investigating the incident to determine any necessary discipline, even though it occurred last April before Dennard was drafted in the seventh round by the Patriots. A league spokesman told the Herald yesterday, “It’s a law enforcement matter. We will review the facts under our personal conduct policy.”

Dennard was accused of getting into an altercation outside of a bar. He was found guilty of assaulting a police officer who attempted to arrest him afterward. Dennard admitted to resisting arrest during the trial, but he claimed he merely pushed the officer, who alleged Dennard punched him in the face.