Report: Patrick Chung likely to miss Patriots OTAs due to shoulder surgery

Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

From the NFL Newswire at 985TheSportsHub.com

Patrick Chung will need time to recover from his broken forearm that he suffered during Super Bowl LIII. But the Patriots safety also needs another surgery that could keep him out until training camp.

According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Chung is scheduled for surgery on his forearm on Thursday then three weeks later will undergo surgery to "clean up" a preexisting shoulder issue. The shoulder procedure is expected to keep Chung out for all of the Patriots' organized team activities, but he should be able to return during training camp.

Chung broke his right forearm early in the third quarter of Super Bowl LIII in a collision with teammate Jonathan Jones and Rams running back Todd Gurley. He immediately went down grabbing his arm, then refused to be carted off the field as he walked under his own power with an aircast on his arm.

As Chung showed after the game, his left arm still worked just fine:

Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung (23) holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Chung became a three-time Super Bowl champion after the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII. He recorded four tackles and a pass breakup against the Rams prior to the injury.

In 2018 Chung signed a two-year extension with the Pats that kept him signed through 2020, with total cash earnings of $4.775 million.

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