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Patrick Chung on M&M: ‘I’m working hard’ to get back on field

11.18.11 at 12:06 pm ET
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Patriots safety Patrick Chung joined Mut & Merloni on Friday morning to for his weekly appearance as New England prepares for a Monday night matchup with the Chiefs. To listen to the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

Chung sat out the Patriots’ 37-16 win over the Jets this past Sunday with a foot injury. His status for Monday is unknown, as his participation in practice was limited on Thursday. In typical Patriots fashion, Chung did not reveal much when asked if he would play against Kansas City.

“I’m working hard man, working hard,” Chung said.

Filling for Chung at safety against New York was rookie Sterling Moore. Chung said that Moore did a good job in his first career start.

“I think he played fine. Honestly, I had no doubts about him, he’s a very athletic guy, he’s smart,” Chung said. “He’s just young and he played good, he played good and he’s going to get better, I have no doubts about him at all.”

Chung said that it was hard to sit out a game, especially against the rival Jets, but that he made sure to make use of his time on the sidelines.

“You have to take mental reps,” Chung said. “Even when you’re not playing, you can definitely take mental reps and get your mind right and make the calls in your head as if your on the field. … It’s kind of like practice, it keeps your brain working.”

On Monday, the Patriots will face quarterback Tyler Palko, who is filling in for the injured Matt Cassel. Palko has played in just four games in his two-year career and attempted a total of 13 passes. But Chung said that the Patriots are preparing for Palko like they would any other starting quarterback in the NFL.

“He makes the throws,” Chung said. “He’s a good quarterback, he’s an NFL player so obviously he’s good. … They wouldn’t put him out there if he couldn’t make the throws, that’s my view on things. Any quarterback comes in, you have to play him like he’s All-Pro.”

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