Lawyers began jury selection yesterday for the trial of Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who is charged with felony assault charge and two misdemeanors.

The trial is expected to play out through most of the week in Lancaster County (Neb.) District Court.

Dennard, who played collegiately at Nebraska, was arrested last April 21, a few days before the NFL draft, for allegedly pushing and punching a police officer outside a Lincoln, Neb., bar.

Dennard, selected in the seventh round by the Patriots, became a starter in the secondary and finished the season with three interceptions in 10 games.

Dennard’s charge of third-degree assault became a felony due to the victim being a police officer. The two misdemeanor charges are for resisting arrest and assault. The third-degree assault charge carries a maximum sentence of five years and or a $10,000 fine.

According to a report in the Omaha World-Herald, the court called in more than 50 potential jurors because Dennard’s high profile would make it difficult to find impartial jurors.