FOXBORO (CBS) – The Patriots secondary got a boost in practice on Friday, with the return of safety Patrick Chung.
Chung had missed the previous two days after tweaking his ankle in the Patriots 24-20 loss to the Giants on Sunday. But the third-year safety basically said he wants to play when addressing the media on Friday.
“Just working, working to play, working to get out there,” he said. “You have to have the mentality of playing. … Even if you’re hurt, you have to be mentally there, period. You might be called upon.”
Chung is also one of the few safeties on the roster. After the Pats put Josh Barrett on IR, that position is thin. Chung simply calls it business.
“It’s not really for me to talk about. You have to play with the guys you have. I’m simple, man. The guys that are out there have to play, period. … We have good guys. Like I said, I’m getting ready for a game. It is what it is.”
Chung, who missed New England’s Week 3 loss to the Bills after undergoing thumb surgery, has 55 tackles and one interception in seven games this season.
Also returning to practice for the Patriots was offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, who had missed the last two days with a concussion.
Still absent from the field were linebackers Brandon Spikes and Dane Fletcher.
It looked as though Spikes was ready to emerge on the defense, but a knee injury suffered in the loss to the Giants could keep him out of the game on Sunday. Usually players that don’t practice all week, especially on Friday, don’t see the field come Sunday.
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