In the wake of Sunday's win over the Chargers, Patriots safety Patrick Chung has undergone surgery on his right thumb, according to ESPN Boston. Chung appeared to suffer an injury to his hand or arm in the second half of Sunday's game, and missed a sizable portion of the action in the second half. He is second on the team with 14 tackles. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

FOXBORO -- Last season, the Patriots struck gold with the acquisition of veteran tight end Alge Crumpler.



FOXBORO -- In addition to placing center Dan Koppen (fibula) and defensive lineman Myron Pryor (shoulder) on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday, they listed 15 players on their injury report, including defensive backs Kyle Arrington and Patrick Chung, both of whom did not practice on Wednesday. Here's the complete injury report:

Did Not Practice
CB Kyle Arrington (concussion)
S Patrick Chung (hand)
TE Aaron Hernandez (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

FOXBORO -- Safety Patrick Chung, who sustained a hand injury in Sunday's win over the Chargers, headlined a list of five Patriots not at practice on Wednesday as the team began its on-field preparation for the Bills Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y. Hernandez strained his knee in the game and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks of action. 

FOXBORO -- A shoulder injury has landed defensive lineman Myron Pryor on injured reserve, ending his 2011 season. Taking his place on the roster will be Landon Cohen, who was signed last December and played in the final two games of the 2010 season. In addition to Pryor, who missed practice time last week with a groin injury, the Patriots also announced they have placed Dan Koppen on injured reserve with a broken left ankle, suffered in the season opener on Sept. 12. 

The original diagnosis was that Koppen, the starting center, would miss 6-10 weeks.

FOXBORO -- After becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to follow a 500-yard passing game with one of over 400 yards, Tom Brady on Wednesday was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

After throwing for 517 yards and four touchdowns in Week 1, Brady threw for 423 yards and three touchdowns on 31-of-40 passing to help beat San Diego, 35-21. Brady is one of just seven NFL players with consecutive 400-yard passing games. Before Brady's performance against San Diego, only Drew Brees (2006) had followed a 500-yard game with 300 or more passing yards.

It has been an eventful start to the 2011 season for cornerback Devin McCourty.



Sources now indicate that the Patriots will lose tight end Aaron Hernandez for two to four weeks because of a left knee injury he suffered in Sunday’s win over the Chargers. Hernandez, who is third on the team with 14 catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns on two games, has combined with fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski to form a dynamic portion of the New England passing game. The news that Hernandez would miss time was first reported by Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe.

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FOXBORO -- With apologies to Tedy Bruschi, after two games, it’s probably OK to be in awe of the Patriots’ offense.