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Is this the week Patrick Chung returns?

12.23.11 at 10:50 am ET
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Patrick Chung has been trying his best to get off the practice field and into games since injuring his right foot. (AP)

FOXBORO — It’s been a long six weeks for Patrick Chung.

The starting safety hasn’t played in a game since injuring his right foot late in the loss to the Giants on Nov. 6. He tried to return the next week against the Jets. He even tested his foot in warmups before the game at MetLife Stadium but no dice.

Ever since, it’s been a series of ups and downs, practicing, sitting out games and just waiting for the foot to heal to the point where the team’s training and medical staff and he can all feel comfortable going full speed.

Last week, he stayed behind in Boston and watched the Celtics in a scrimmage courtside while his teammates were jetting to Denver to take on Tim Tebow and the Broncos.

“Watching us win, it feels awesome,” Chung said Thursday. “I wasn’t part of it but we’re winning. We’re a team, not individuals here so, I’m not worried about that. We’re winning.

“It’s just a day-to-day process, just keep working, keep doing what I have to do to get better, just a day-to-day process.”

Has the thought entered his mind at all that he might not return this season?

“Oh, never, never, never,” Chung said. “Like I said, it’s just day-to-day. Sometimes, it feels good, sometimes it doesn’t. I’m working, working hard, I’m going to continue working.”

Has this experience taught you patience or are you chomping at the bit even more?

“A little of both, a little of both but they’ve got to be safe,” Chung said.

So, does his three-minute session with reporters at his locker Thursday indicate he might finally be ready to give it a go on Saturday against Miami?

“You can think what you want of that but I feel good and I’m working hard,” said Chung, who said he felt “awesome” three weeks ago before being scratched against the Colts.

“Anytime you get time to make your body heal your body, it’s going to help, regardless if it’s a couple of hours, if it’s a day, a week, it’s going to help whatever injury you have.”

Just a week after the injury, he tried to give a shot in the pregame against the Jets after feeling good enough to practice, but was scratched.

“That was five weeks ago,” Chung said. “I’m over that. That’s five weeks ago. Now, I’m here and getting ready for this team.”

If he does return, he’ll have new faces like Vincent Fuller, Matthew Slater and yes, even Julian Edelman possibly on the field with him.

“I’m going to tell you same thing every week, we’re in the same room, learning the same things,” Chung said. “So, there’s no excuse of, ‘I didn’t know this or I didn’t get that.’ We’re in the same room so, I have confidence in anyone playing.

“Slater has been an honorary ‘D-Boy’. He’s been a defensive back and then Julian has that beast mode I really wasn’t worried about those guys. I even talked to Julian this last [week], ‘Hey, I’ve got some faith in you man,’ and he’s been making some plays.”

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