Every player on the New England Patriots was able to practice yesterday, with the exception of tight end Aaron Hernandez who is on a 4-6 week timetable due to a low ankle sprain he sustained against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
However, two key players were limited in wide receiver Brandon Lloyd and running back Shane Vereen. The news on Lloyd is new, but it is a minor thigh injury and the Pats were likely giving him some rest yesterday. Keeping him fresh is especially key with Hernandez out, and we can all fully expected Lloyd to play Sunday. It’s just a minor thing.
Vereen’s injury is more noteworthy, as it has costed him the first two weeks of the season, as well as the final two preseason games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants. Vereen injured his foot in Week 2 of the preseason against the Philadelphia Eagles and was ruled out against the Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals.
It’s a bit concerning to see that Vereen wasn’t a full participant in practice yesterday, but that’s only a concern if he’s still limited today. It’s disappointing to see that he is still out, because I am really looking forward to Vereen’s 2012 regular season debut. I want to see just how much he has improved as a rusher with his explosiveness, and it will be interesting to see how they use him as a receiver out of the backfield; especially relative to Danny Woodhead.
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