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S Patrick Chung preparing to play Sunday

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  September 29, 2011 12:00 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Safety Patrick Chung, who missed last week with a thumb injury, said he can play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, if Bill Belichick calls his number.

Chung had surgery last week after he injured his thumb against the San Diego Chargers in Week 2 and is now wearing a cast on his right hand. He returned to practice last week and has been limited.

"I feel good," Chung said.

But when it comes to playing Sunday, Chung said all he can do is prepare.

"It's not my decision, I'm just working hard trying to get out there and help the team," he said.

Chung said he could play, if needed.

"... I'll be ready to play," Chung said. "If coach wants me out there, then I'm out there."

The Patriots could use Chung to help a safety group that struggled last week. Here are a few more comments from Chung.

On the number of thumb injuries: "I feel like it just happens. It's a physical game and people are going to come hit you and you're going to try and hit people. You're grabbing constantly, and it happens every once in a while that you might hit your hand on a helmet or someone coming in on a shoulder pad, but it's part of the game."

On preparing for the week: "You have to always [prepare] hurt or injury, you have to prepare mentally and physically to whatever you have to do to make sure that you know what you're doing so if coach needs you to go in there, you're ready."

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