New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen was easily one of the star performers in the team’s narrow 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills, and Vereen did an incredible job filling in for starting RB Stevan Ridley, who was benched after his second fumble of the day was returned for a long touchdown. Vereen, as expected, did plenty of damage as a receiver by amassing seven receptions on ten targets for 58 yards, but he was even more impressive on the ground with 101 rushing yards on 14 carries.
Vereen, however, broke a small bone in his wrist, and it was reported yesterday by FOX Sports’s Jay Glazer that Vereen would be out for a “few weeks”. The No. 2 RB was absent at practice yesterday, and the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe later reported that Shane Vereen will miss “at least four weeks” in order to recover from the wrist injury, which will need surgery.
The injury is not a catastrophic blow, but it is certainly a significant blow for the Patriots offense. The Pats will most likely be going into Week 2 without both Vereen and Rob Gronkowski, and Stevan Ridley will absolutely have to hold onto the football and play to the best of his ability against the New York Jets tough run defense. Without Vereen, the Patriots offense loses some playmaking ability and scheme versatility.
You know what’s the most amazing thing? It’s that Vereen actually played through some major pain on Sunday and had that kind of an incredible performance whilst doing it.