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Patriots safety Patrick Chung facing two surgeries after breaking arm in Super Bowl

Patriots safety Patrick Chung facing two surgeries after breaking arm in Super Bowl

Patrick Chung's broken arm suffered in the Super Bowl will need surgery that's scheduled for Thursday but the Patriots safety also faces a long recovery this offseason because of a subsequent shoulder surgery, according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic.

Chung's right forearm was fractured on a tackle early in the third quarter when it got caught between the Rams' Todd Gurley and teammate Jonathan Jones (see tweet below).

Chung had been playing with a shoulder harness due to the previous injury. His forearm was immediately put in an air cast on the field and he walked off with trainers, turning down the use of a cart to be taken to the locker room for X-rays. He returned to the sideline with his right arm in a sling and celebrated with his teammates at the end of the game, raising the Lombardi Trophy in his left hand.

The veteran safety has played nine seasons over two different stints with the Patriots. He turns 32 in August and is signed through 2020 after signing a two-year, $11.5 million contract extension in May 2018.   

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This stat shows just how dominant Stephon Gilmore was in 2018

This stat shows just how dominant Stephon Gilmore was in 2018

Stephon Gilmore was sensational for the Patriots in 2018.

The 28-year-old cornerback's performance on the field spoke for itself throughout the Pats' championship campaign, but a look at the numbers provides some context for just how dominant he was.

According to Pro Football Focus, Gilmore only allowed 44 percent of the balls thrown his way to be caught by opposing receivers. That's the lowest percentage of any cornerback in the league with 400 or more coverage snaps.

That amazing stat likely factored into Gilmore earning an "elite" grade from PFF back in February.

Gilmore's outstanding season ended on a perfect note with a game-sealing interception in Super Bowl LIII vs. the Rams. It'll be tough to top that, but he'll look to at least duplicate his success as New England's star DB again in 2019.

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When Harry met Tom - Brady works out with Patriots rookie WR and Edelman

When Harry met Tom - Brady works out with Patriots rookie WR and Edelman

While his teammates were at OTAs this week at Gillette Stadium, Tom Brady, who skipped them for the second year in a row, had a few Patriots around his place for private workouts.

On social media, Brady posted pictures of himself working out with teammate Julian Edelman and more significantly, Patriots first-round pick, wide receiver N'Keal Harry of Arizona State.

Harry, who told reporters Thursday at OTAs that he had yet to speak to Brady personally and had only communicated with him through social media. That's obviously changed the past few days. Harry, who also tweeted a picture of himself catching Brady tosses, had said this week he was excited to "learn from the best." 

Offseason workouts in Foxboro continue Wednesday and Thursday and mandatory minicamp is June 4-6. July training camp dates have yet to be announced. 

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