New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen missed last week’s game against the Tennessee Titans due to a foot injury he sustained in the preseason. Vereen is currently listed as questionable on the team’s Week 2 injury report, and he is on the mend after at least appearing in practice this past week.
On Thursday and Friday, every New England Patriots was in attendance for practice, but Vereen has been limited throughout the week. If he is able to play, he will be taking advantage of the Arizona Cardinals poor coverage at the linebacker position on Sunday.
Right guard Dan Connolly might also be out, but he did attend the Mayo Bowl and practiced after sustaining a concussion against the Titans. However, it pays to be especially cautious with Connolly, who has a history of head injuries. Having him healthy against Calais Campbell and the Cards tough D-Line will go a long way in helping Stevan Ridley and the Pats offense out.
Even if Vereen isn’t ruled out for Sunday’s game, there isn’t much of a point in giving him a high amount of snaps. Danny Woodhead is healthy and ready to contribute, and he can do a better job of picking up a safety blitz from Kerry Rhodes or Adrian Wilson, as well as protecting Tom Brady from a free-rushing Daryl Washington up the middle. I honestly think the Patriots should either rule Vereen out or give him very limited playing time to ease him back into health. There is no use in straining him with Woodhead being able to do much of what Vereen can (and more) as a pass-catcher.
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