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Saturday, December 10, 2011
Chung won't play vs. Redskins

By Mike Reiss

LANDOVER, Maryland -- Safety Patrick Chung will miss his fifth straight game with a foot injury, the Patriots announced on Saturday.

Chung was one of four injured players declared out for Sunday's game against the Redskins, joining center Dan Connolly (groin), linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) and running back Shane Vereen (hamstring).

Of the group, Chung's status is most significant.

Earlier in the day, the Patriots released rookie safety/cornerback Sterling Moore, which could have been viewed as a sign that Chung was ready to go. But it turned out to be independent of Chung's status, as the Patriots will enter Sunday's game with James Ihedigbo, Nate Jones, Matthew Slater and Sergio Brown on the safety depth chart.

With Connolly missing his third straight game, the Patriots will decide between Ryan Wendell (calf) and Nick McDonald as their starting center. Last Sunday against the Colts, McDonald played over the less-than-100-percent Wendell.

Spikes will miss his fifth straight game, while Vereen is out for the second straight after injuring his hamstring in practice a few weeks ago.