UPDATE: It has been confirmed, complimentary by way of an NFL source, Patriots safety Patrick Chung did undergo surgery on his right thumb after Sunday’s victory over the Chargers.
Patriots top safety Patrick Chung underwent surgery on his right thumb this week after injuring it in Sunday’s triumph over San Diego, according to two sources.
Chung exited Sunday’s contest in the second half with a hand injury, but returned to action with a cast on his right wrist/hand, per the Boston Globe.
It is uncertain whether or not the surgery will keep Chung out of action for Week three’s AFC East clash against the upstart 2-0 Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The former Duck has registered 14 tackles (13 solo) and one QB sack on the season.
Either second-year player Sergio Brown (one career start), four-year veteran Josh Barrett (five career starts; two this season with Patriots), who’s been playing with a cast over his right thumb, or five-year journeyman James Ihedigbo (no career starts) would replace the Oregon product if he were unable to go Sunday against the Bills.
Keep in mind, the Patriot safeties are interchangeable (play both positions) in Bill Belichick’s eyes, thus playing either “free” or “strong” is less relevant compared to other NFL defensive systems.
This is all the more reason to fully embrace and prepare to fasten your seat belts for a Brady-Fitzpatrick aerial shootout at Orchard Park this Sunday!