Pats’ Chung in­dicted on drug charge

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

A Belk­nap County grand jury in­dicted Chung, 32, on Aug. 8.

Mem­bers of the Mered­ith, New Hamp­shire, 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.

Liver­nois de­clined to pro­vide ad­di­tional de­tails on the case.

Chung’s ar­raign­ment is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day.

It’s not clear whether Chung has an at­tor­ney who can speak for him. The court file doesn’t list one.

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

The NFL also said it was mon­i­tor­ing de­vel­op­ments.

Chung, 32, could face pos­si­ble sus­pen­sion with­out pay for up to four games for a first-time of­fense.

New­ton ex­its with in­jury: Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton left Thurs­day night’s pre­sea­son game against the Pa­tri­ots in the first quar­ter with a foot in­jury.

The team an­nounced that he wouldn’t re­turn.

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 down­field.

He had arthro­scopic surgery in Jan­uary and didn’t 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 thir­dand-10 from the Pan­thers 31.

Field short­ened: The Raiders and Pack­ers played their pre­sea­son game in Win­nipeg, Man­i­toba on a short­ened field out of con­cern for the safety of the field.

The game Thurs­day night was played on an 80-yard field with the goal lines starting at the 10-yard lines and no kick­offs. Teams re­ceived the ball at their 15, which was lo­cated at the nor­mal 25.

The league said the field passed in­spec­tion Wed­nes­day, but both teams had con­cerns about the con­di­tion of the end zones, where the goal posts for CFL games usu­ally were lo­cated. In­stead there were holes in the end zones.

That led to the de­ci­sion to shorten the field.

Both teams held out al­most all of their starters.

Cards, Crab­tree agree to deal: Veteran re­ceiver Michael Crab­tree, who turns 32 next month, agreed to terms on a one-year con­tract with the Car­di­nals late Wed­nes­day night, more than two weeks af­ter he tried out for the team dur­ing train­ing camp.

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