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Patriots react to Patrick Chung indictment: 'We're rooting for Pat, we love Pat'

Patriots react to Patrick Chung indictment: 'We're rooting for Pat, we love Pat'

FOXBORO -- Patrick Chung hasn't played for the Patriots this preseason, but in Detroit and Nashville he was very much an in-game presence. He sent signals in to the defense. He chatted with players on the bench about their assignments. He was a coach of sorts, in uniform despite not planning to play. 

But on Thursday night when the Patriots beat the Panthers, 10-3, Chung was nowhere to be found. Earlier in the day, news broke that Chung had been indicted on felony cocaine possession charges in New Hampshire. It's not expected that he'll face league discipline until the legal process plays out, but Chung's absence was notable. This is, after all, a player who broke his arm in Super Bowl LIII and remained on the sidelines after being fitted with a sling. 

After Thursday's game with Carolina, some of Chung's teammates were asked for their thoughts on his situation. 

"Obviously, Pat is a great guy," said safety Duron Harmon. "A leader. A captain. A great father. Can't talk about all the good things about Pat. Obviously, it's an ongoing investigation and all I can say is that we're rooting for Pat, we love Pat, and we're going to do everything we can to rally behind Pat and make sure he gets through this."

"Praying for the best for him," said safety Terrence Brooks. "I know I'm praying for him, whatever's going on. I know everything will work out itself. Just gotta keep moving . . . When I heard the news I just prayed for him and that's all we can do right now just let the rest take care of itself."

Team representatives at the podium following Thursday's game elaborated less. 

Devin McCourty: "I don't have [a reaction]. I'm like all of you guys. We'll see what happens."

Bill Belichick: "I think we released a statement on that."

But McCourty and Belichick have for years been among Chung's biggest supporters. Even if the team might not have to worry about playing meaningful games without him in 2019 because of his indictment, it's something that impacted the locker room for at least one night. 

"He's a captain. He's a leader. The good thing is we have other leaders too," Harmon said. "At this point, one of our leaders is down and all we can do is have other leaders step up and try to take his place. 

"Obviously you can't take Pat's place because he's a tremendous football player and a tremendous leader. But other guys had to step up and that's what they did."

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

Last week, the NFL released all but the Top 30 of its 100 greatest plays as part of its 100th-anniversary celebration. Seven plays involving the Patriots cracked that list.

This week, it was a countdown of plays 30 to 1 and the Pats found themselves well-represented again. 

The list was selected by a panel of 50 voters (the same panel that votes for the NFL Awards and the All-Pro team), including our own Tom E. Curran, who listed his Top 20 plays earlier this summer, here. Voters were given a ballot of 100 plays and asked to rank 50.

The rest of the countdowns on NFL Network continue next week with Greatest Games (Sept. 27 & Oct. 4), Characters (Oct. 11 & Oct. 18), Game-Changers (Oct. 25 & Nov. 1) and Teams (Nov. 8 & Nov. 15).

The No. 1 play was Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers' December 1972 playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders.

 

 

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

The Patriots gave Antonio Brown a shot at redemption when they signed him earlier this month, then another when they kept the wide receiver amid allegations of sexual assault.

But on Friday, enough was enough. When intimidating text messages sent by Brown to one of his accusers leaked to the public, that was the final straw.

Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft came to the conclusion cutting ties with Brown was in the best interest of the team. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the decision stemmed from Kraft being "enraged" upon hearing about Brown's latest incident.

Howe writes:

Kraft, who was on a business trip, became enraged Friday when he heard the details of Brown’s most recently reported incident of text messaging harassment of a former female acquaintance. Kraft and Belichick spoke and decided together to officially release Brown just 11 days after the Patriots signed the controversial star receiver, according to sources.

Shortly before the release was announced, Belichick walked off the podium in the middle of his press conference following a flurry of questions related to Brown. He did note, however, “There are some things that we’re looking into.”

Brown's tenure in New England lasted only 11 days and one game -- last Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins. Now, he's again a free agent faced with hoping another team will be willing to give him yet another chance.

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