The team released a statement to confirm that they are aware of the reports, but would not comment any further on the situation. Chung did not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, and was not even seen on the sidelines in uniform. Patriots coach Bill Belichick also refused to answer any questions regarding his status after the game. He simply said "Pat hasn't played all preseason."
The safety broke his arm during their Super Bowl XLLL win over the Los Angeles Rams in February and has not yet been fully cleared to compete. He did undergo surgery for the injury in the off-season, but was a regular participant in practices throughout the summer. Despite that, he was not seen at practice Tuesday or Wednesday.
Chung has 10 years of NFL experience under his belt, playing in 140 career games, starting 110 of them. In that time, he has recorded 708 tackles and 11 interceptions, winning three Super Bowl championships with the Patriots. With this current situation looming, he could face up to a four-game suspension without pay.