Patriots safety Patrick Chung was indicted for felony cocaine possession on August 8, according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe (on Twitter). It’s a shocking development for the Patriots’ long-time defender, who just inked a contract extension with the club this offseason.
“We are aware of the reports regarding Patrick Chung. We will not be commenting while his judicial proceedings take place,” the Patriots said in a statement (Twitter feed).
Under the terms of his new deal, Chung is under contract through the 2021 season. The 31-year-old was set to keep a level of stability on a Patriots defense that has undergone several changes since they won the Super Bowl in February. Gone are several coaches, including defensive coordinator Brian Flores, who took the head coaching gig with the Dolphins shortly after the victory over the Rams.
Chung suffered a broken forearm in the Super Bowl and underwent offseason surgery to repair it. He has not played thus far in the preseason. Now, he could be subject to a suspension in 2019, though the league might not act swiftly enough to keep him off of the field for Week 1, assuming he is healthy enough to take the field.
Chung is scheduled to be arraigned on a charge of cocaine possession on Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweets. According to Volin (Twitter link), if Chung’s case goes to trial, the target date for jury selection is next March.
Chris Crouse contributed to this post
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