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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Chung, Spikes not at practice

By Mike Rodak

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Practicing on Wednesday, the Patriots were without two defensive starters: safety Patrick Chung and linebacker Brandon Spikes.

On a play late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, Chung came down hard on a sideline play and immediately grabbed his right ankle. He stayed in the game, but later missed one play, replaced by Sergio Brown, who committed a defensive pass interference penalty. Chung then returned for the final three defensive plays of the game, including the Giants' go-ahead touchdown.

Fox ScreenshotPatrick Chung grabs at his right ankle after landing awkwardly in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Giants.



"I don't know what happened," Chung said after the game regarding his injury. "The pain's kinda gone away for now. I'm all good."

Chung's absence at practice, coupled with Josh Barrett being placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, left the Patriots with just two full-time safeties in practice: James Ihedigbo and Brown. Rookie cornerback Sterling Moore, who was promoted from the practice squad on Wednesday, is also considered an option at safety.

Spikes suffered a sprained MCL in his knee in Sunday's loss to the Giants. He is considered week-to-week, and would likely be replaced by Gary Guyton in the base defense if unable to play on Sunday night in New York.

In addition, the Patriots were without offensive lineman Ryan Wendell for Wednesday's practice, which was held in light shoulder pads. Wendell rotated at center on Sunday, following a bad snap by starter Dan Connolly, but did not suffer a noticeable injury in the game.

Linebacker Dane Fletcher also missed Wednesday's session, beginning what could become his fourth straight week of not practicing. He is listed as having a thumb injury.