Patriots Lose Chung, Slater to Injuries Sunday

Ian Logue
October 25, 2010 at 12:50am ET

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New England saw a couple of guys get banged up during their 23-20 win over San Diego on Sunday.

They lost safety Patrick Chung to a knee injury, and also later lost wide receiver Matthew Slater with an ankle injury.

Chung’s loss is clearly the most significant, as he’s been an impact player both on special teams and on defense - and it’ll be a tough blow if he ends up being out for a prolonged period of time.  After all, they’ve got a tough game coming up next Sunday against the Vikings, especially with Randy Moss making his return to Foxboro after being traded earlier this month.  

As for Slater, he’s been a big part of their special teams unit and also provided them with some depth at the receiver position. Now the question will be how they deal with the loss of these two players on special teams – since they’ll now have to shift some guys around to try and deal with further personnel losses. They’re already without safety Jarrad Page, who was inactive for Sunday’s game after getting injured last week.

Needless to say we’ll have to wait and see the practice report this week to find out their level of participation – since Belichick isn’t exactly forthcoming with the details when it comes to injuries. Either way there’s cause for concern – so hopefully the news turns out positive for each of these two players.