Pats' Pat Chung Out with Knee Injury

By Joe Kukura
|  Monday, Oct 25, 2010  |  Updated 6:15 PM EDT
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Pats' Pat Chung Out with Knee Injury

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FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 26: Patrick Chung #25 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Andy Levitre #67 of the Buffalo Bills after Chung intercepted a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Bills during on September 26, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Bills 38-30. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Patrick Chung;Andy Levitre

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A worrisome development for the New England Patriots in Sunday's 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers -- this year's surprise super-safety Patrick Chung left the game with a knee injury, and it looks like he'll miss a couple weeks.

Chung, a second-year player who put himself on the map with a blocked punt, a blocked field goal, and an interception returned for touchdown all in the same game against the Dolphins, left the Chargers game with a knee injury early in the second quarter.

98.5 The Sports Hub's Gresh and Zolak in Boston report via their Twitter that, "Sources tell us that Patriots Safety Patrick Chung will miss 1-2 weeks after getting injured Sunday vs Chargers."

The Patriots' bye week is already over, so "1-2 weeks" means "1-2 games".

In the case of the Patriots' 2010 schedule, this means Chung is all but certain to miss the "return of Randy Moss" game this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Chung may very well also miss the Patriots' November 7 contest at Cleveland Browns Stadium, and his likely return would be pegged as November 14 at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chung's loss is significant. Prior to Sunday's game, Chung had played more defensive snaps than any safety on the Patriots' roster.

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who's having a hard time deciding which team to loathe more in this week's Monday Night Football game.

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