A former Nebraska defensive back was arrested early Sunday in Lincoln on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. 

Alfonzo Dennard, 29, of La Vista, was arrested after a traffic stop near the intersection of 18th and N Streets, said Sgt. Derek Dittman of the Lincoln Police Department. Officers stopped Dennard for having an expired registration and were going to take him into custody for driving with a suspended license.

Dittman said a struggle ensued when Dennard refused to put his hands behind his back to be handcuffed. An officer received minor injuries, Dittman said. 

Dennard was booked into the Lancaster County Jail on suspicion of assault on an officer, resisting arrest and failure to comply. In September, Dennard was arrested for failing to appear in Lancaster County Court on three misdemeanor traffic-related charges: no operator's license, improper registration and no proof of insurance.

In 2012, Dennard was also arrested in Lincoln for third-degree assault on an officer and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail for assault and 36 months of probation for resisting arrest.

Dennard played for the Huskers from 2008 to 2011. He later played professionally for the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals.

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