3:51 PM PT -- Patrick Chung spoke with media members for the first time since the charge came down ... but he wasn't saying much, telling reporters, "Honestly, I've just been here playing football. We just talk about football. So, that's all I'm going to talk about. Talk about the Giants."
#Patriots safety Patrick Chung speaking today for the first time since the news of being indicted for felony cocaine possession. He only wanted to talk about one thing though. Football. pic.twitter.com/MAvSSsvmIR
Patriots safety Patrick Chung won't be in court Wednesday to face his cocaine charge ... he waived his arraignment hearing and had his attorney plead not guilty for him on Monday instead.
The New England defensive back was indicted by a grand jury in Belknap County, NH earlier this month after officials say Chung was found in possession of coke back on June 25.
Chung was slated to appear in court later this week to fight the charge ... but according to court officials, that hearing has been canceled after Chung's attorney entered a not guilty plea on the 32-year-old's behalf.
Chung is now slated to head back to court on Nov. 8 ... just 5 days after the Patriots play the Ravens on Sunday Night Football.
Chung's cocaine charge is a serious one ... the guy is facing 7 YEARS behind bars if he's convicted.
Chung -- who's helped New England win 3 Super Bowls -- has not played in the Patriots' 3 preseason games this month.
Head coach Bill Belichick has declined to comment on the safety's status ... and the team said in a statement last week, "We will not be commenting while his judicial proceedings take place."