The injury bug has already hit the New England Patriots. After a career performance in the Patriots 23-21 opening week victory over the Buffalo Bills, running back Shane Vereen will miss several weeks after breaking his fist in the first quarter according to a report by NESN on September 9.
Vereen played through the injury and went on to rack up 159 total yards including a career-high 101 rushing yards on 14 carries. This is a blow for a Patriots offense that struggled at times as Vereen was one of the few bright spots and his 58 yards receiving helped Tom Brady and the Patriots passing game.
Shane Vereen took over as the main back after star running back Stevan Ridley was benched after his second quarter fumble led to a Bills touchdown. Luckily the Patriots are deep at running back and the team could start either LeGarrette Blount or Brandon Bolden if Ridley continues to be in the doghouse. The recently re-signed Leon Washington could be serviceable in the third down running back role in place of Vereen.
Shane Vereen will be out a few weeks as he undergoes surgery to repair a small bone in his wrist. The injury is bad timing for both the Patriots and Vereen.