Patriots safety Patrick Chung indicted on cocaine possession charge

New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung has been indicted in New Hampshire on a charge of cocaine possession, according to court paperwork released Thursday.

A Belknap County grand jury indicted the 32-year-old Aug. 8.

Chung did not play in Thursday night’s exhibition game against the Carolina Panthers, and he did not appear to be on the sideline in uniform. After the game, head coach Bill Belichick would not answer a question about his status.

“Pat hasn’t played all preseason,” the head coach said.

Members of the Meredith, N.H., police department were called to Chung’s residence June 25 “on a call for service” and obtained evidence leading to the felony drug charge, Belknap County Attorney Andrew Livernois said in a statement.

Chung’s arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday.

“We are aware of the reports regarding Patrick Chung,” the Patriots tweeted. “We will not be commenting while his judicial proceedings take place.”

Chung has been an integral part of the Patriots’ defense during his two stints with the team. He won Super Bowl rings with the Patriots to conclude the 2014, 2016 and 2018 seasons.

Newton injures foot: This was not the return to the field that Cam Newton was hoping to make.

The Carolina quarterback left Thursday night’s 10-3 exhibition loss against New England in the first quarter with a foot injury that left him grimacing on the sideline.

The 2015 MVP was playing for the first time since Dec. 17, when the team shut him down for the last two games of the season because of shoulder fatigue that prevented him from throwing the ball downfield. He had arthroscopic surgery in January and did not play in the first two preseason games.

Newton appeared to be injured when he was sacked for a loss of 8 yards by Adam Butler on a 3rd-and-10 from the Carolina 31. It was one of two Patriots sacks while Newton was in the game.

Tom Brady finished his first exhibition game of 2019 by going 8-for-12 for 75 yards, including an 18-yard pass to tight end Ryan Izzo to set up the 1-yard touchdown plunge by James Develin in the second quarter.

Game highlights: Daniel Jones completed a difficult week with an encouraging performance, leading the New York Giants to a touchdown during a 25-23 victory at Cincinnati. Jones got into the game on the Giants’ second series and went 9-for-11 for 141 yards the rest of the half. He had completions of 35 yards to Brittan Golden and 27 yards to Darius Slayton on a seven-play touchdown drive, a solid all-around showing for Eli Manning’s eventual replacement. Andy Dalton played three series that ended with a couple of punts and a touchdown. … Trace McSorley threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score, helping the Baltimore Ravens win 26-15 at Philadelphia for their 16th straight preseason win. The game was stopped by the NFL with 11:43 remaining in the fourth quarter because of lightning. … Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins led Washington to three second-half scoring drives, including two set up by Atlanta’s lost fumbles while attempting to field punts, and came away with a 19-7 win over the host Falcons. Case Keenum played the first half at quarterback and lost a fumble which helped the Falcons lead 7-6 at halftime. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan played the full first half and completed 9 of 14 pass for 74 yards. … Josh Rosen came off the bench late in the third quarter and engineered a 99-yard touchdown drive, and the host Dolphins beat Jacksonville 22-7.

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