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Ian Logue
October 25, 2010 at 09:33pm ET

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Mike Reiss of reported Monday night that Patriots safety Patrick Chung will reportedly undergo tests to determine the severity of the knee injury he suffered during New England's 23-20 win over the Chargers Sunday - citing a source familiar with the situation.

Losing Patrick Chung would be another tough blow to this defense (PHOTO:Icon/SMI)
Chung was injured in the second quarter of Sunday's contest, and was seen afterward with a noticable limp before heading for the locker room. The team had listed him as "questionable" following the injury, but Chung didn't return to the game.

Head coach Bill Belichick appeared on sports radio WEEI Monday, but downplayed the severity of Chung's injury.

"Patrick is a pretty quick healer," said Belichick. "Hopefully this won't keep him out long, if at all."

The injury comes at a tough time, as Chung has really come on strong the past few weeks.  He  had an interception return for a touchdown, along with blocking both a punt and a field goal against the Dolphins two weeks ago.  He also had a good game against the Ravens last week, finishing with a combined 13 tackles.

Now we'll have to see how long this injury keeps him out for.  He was replaced by Sergio Brown who played respectably while filling in.  However, they've already lost Jarrad Page to a calf injury that kept him out of Sunday's game, and it's not yet known if he'll be ready for this week.  So at this point they're already struggling depth-wise at the safety spot. Needless to say hopefully it's not serious and we'll see him back in the near future.