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Report: Shane Vereen out a few weeks after wrist surgery

Patriots' Vereen runs with the ball during the first half of their NFL football game against the Bills in Orchard Park Reuters

The Patriots turned to Shane Vereen at tailback Sunday after Stevan Ridley had trouble holding onto the ball, but they didn’t lose much of anything in terms of production.

Vereen ran for 101 yards, making him the only running back to cross the century mark thus far in Week One, and caught seven passes for 58 yards as well, but it looks like the Patriots are going to have to wait a few weeks for an encore.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that Vereen broke a small bone in his wrist on his first play of the game on Sunday and that he’s scheduled for surgery on Monday that will keep him out for a few weeks. Per Glazer, Vereen was able to play the entire game but concern grew afterwards because he experienced numbness in his wrist after the game because of the way the bone was sitting on the nerve.

With Vereen out, Ridley’s stay in the doghouse may come to an end. The Patriots have Brandon Bolden, LeGarrette Blount and Leon Washington on the roster as well, but none of them offer the same package of skills that Ridley brings to the team. Those skills don’t matter if he can’t hold onto the ball, of course, but a reprieve could be in the offing with the loss of his replacement.

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  1. FlashPatterson says: Sep 9, 2013 1:54 PM

    GOOOD! I drafted Ridley in the 3rd round and he did nothing this week.

  2. squared80 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:54 PM

    There goes my Steal of the Draft.

  3. guru506 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:55 PM

    Are you kidding me?

  4. tedmurph says: Sep 9, 2013 1:55 PM

    Not good, the Pats can hardly afford to lose one of Brady’s few weapons, especially with Amendola having a balky groin on a short week.

  5. jhein23 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:57 PM

    How Skip Bayless picked this Patriots team to win the whole thing is beyond me. Shows how biased he is to his favorite player/team.

  6. ampats says: Sep 9, 2013 1:57 PM

    At least it is not serious. Vereen & Ridley are two different backs . Leon Washington can carry the load until Vereen returns.

  7. macfunden says: Sep 9, 2013 1:58 PM

    Dagnabbitt!!!!!!

  8. patriots123456 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:59 PM

    That’s too bad, Vereen played very well yesterday…

    Hope he is back soon…

  9. dlbpatsfan says: Sep 9, 2013 2:04 PM

    Gronkowski=injury prone
    Amendola=injury prone
    Edelman=injury prone
    Dobson=injury prone
    Vereen=injured
    On defense
    Talib=injury prone
    Spikes=dehydrated??
    Had high hopes but let’s face facts, this team isn’t doing anything this year.

  10. redsghost says: Sep 9, 2013 2:10 PM

    jhein23 says:
    How Skip Bayless picked this Patriots team to win the whole thing is beyond me. Shows how biased he is to his favorite player/team.”

    Regardless of who pick whom to win what, isn’t there still 15 games to be played and don’t the Patriots have a perfect record so far?

  11. mychode says: Sep 9, 2013 2:12 PM

    In other news, Ray Lewis was pretty decent on countdown yesterday although he did murder Adam Schefter during one of the commercial breaks.

  12. upperdecker19 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:12 PM

    Meanwhile, Tim Tebow is waiting by the phone with high hopes.

  13. denverwally says: Sep 9, 2013 2:13 PM

    So if you’ve ever had an injury you are injury prone? Guess that makes Welker injury prone too.
    What a dolt.

  14. whiteknightblackheart says: Sep 9, 2013 2:14 PM

    short week, and they have to face the mighty Jets…not really sure how the line is still 13 after the stinker this team laid in Buffalo.

  15. igotgamenj says: Sep 9, 2013 2:16 PM

    HAS-BEENS TEAM LOOKS OLD AND SLOW

  16. bradygirl12 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:17 PM

    I know yesterday’s game was ugly and things didn’t exactly go smoothly,but why is everyone writing the Patriots off already? It’s only the first game,and they certainly weren’t the only team around the NFL with issues yesterday. Vereen is a huge loss,but someone else will step up in those few weeks he will be out. Just sayin…

  17. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:19 PM

    The next 2 games its not such a big deal but then the Pats get 3 better teams in a row after that. That’s when they’ll really miss him.

    Ridley better get his fumblitis dealth with and hopefully Gronk will be back for the tougher opponents starting week 4.

  18. scaredhitless says: Sep 9, 2013 2:19 PM

    When you have Brady, does it matter who’s the running back?

  19. 8man says: Sep 9, 2013 2:21 PM

    Damn it, Ridley! Hold onto the fargin’ ball! We don’t need our own version of the butt fumble.

    Watching you drop it on the Bills 26, on first and 5 no less, and then seeing Searcey return it for a 74 yard TD was painful and almost catastrophic. And I hope BB is making you watch that tape a few times to tighten up those hands.

  20. zam0854 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:22 PM

    Pats won’t do anything this year? Pats won’t win the AFC East? FYI, the Pats could win their division at 8-8 this year lol—the bottom feeders of the AFC come from the East–and the West lol. Everybody knows Brady turns guys into good or great players so chill out with the hatred.

  21. 6ball says: Sep 9, 2013 2:25 PM

    .

    Time to answer the question, ”what ever happened to Brandon Bolden? ”
    .

  22. flash1283 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:29 PM

    igotgamenj says: Sep 9, 2013 2:16 PM

    HAS-BEENS TEAM LOOKS OLD AND SLOW

    Uh, “Has-Beens” team????

  23. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Sep 9, 2013 2:34 PM

    Anyone that thinks this team won’t contend for a SB is an idiot. They have one of the best QB/head coach combos in the history of the NFL, not to mention what team is going to beat them for the division??? It’s not uncommon for them to look a little shaky at the start of the season, but it won’t last. The last time they went to the SB, they were beat by the Browns early in the year (I’m pretty sure that was the year anyway-too lazy to look it up), and went on to have like a 13-3 record.
    Disclaimer: I’m a Pats hating Bronco fan, but I can still appreciate greatness when I see it.

  24. jimmyt says: Sep 9, 2013 2:37 PM

    Thou shalt not dishonor Tebow. Let the curses continue to manifest and multiply.

  25. itsmammoth says: Sep 9, 2013 2:40 PM

    Blount looked great in preseason… I’m just sayin’.

  26. cptkickurass says: Sep 9, 2013 2:42 PM

    I doesn’t matter who’s running the football for the Pats, they are going to have good numbers regardless. Every defense is geared to stop the pass, and they’re more than willing to give up 100 yards on the ground in order to keep Brady from throwing for 500 and 6 td’s.

  27. southpaw2k says: Sep 9, 2013 2:43 PM

    redsghost says:
    Sep 9, 2013 2:10 PM
    jhein23 says:
    How Skip Bayless picked this Patriots team to win the whole thing is beyond me. Shows how biased he is to his favorite player/team.”

    Regardless of who pick whom to win what, isn’t there still 15 games to be played and don’t the Patriots have a perfect record so far?

    —————————————————-

    Bayless probably made that prediction back before the Patriots cut his man crush in Tim Tebow.

    I expected the Patriots to take a step back by their standards weeks ago. I am even more sure now that the Dolphins become a surprise team and win the AFC East.

  28. ampats says: Sep 9, 2013 2:45 PM

    Next Man Up

  29. davikes says: Sep 9, 2013 2:50 PM

    Fumbles are fixable. Just look at AD.

  30. patriots123456 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:52 PM

    The Pats didn’t look good, but they won. A lot of teams didn’t look good yesterday.

    The Pats have around 14 rookies that made the team, bound to be some growing pain until they get up to speed…

  31. jetsmmt says: Sep 9, 2013 2:54 PM

    This is lining up nicely for the Jets. Get ready for another shocker on Thursday.

  32. mccourty1sland says: Sep 9, 2013 3:00 PM

    just more proof on how much we cheat!!! we are so tainted bro. vereen was obviously on roids last year and now went off of them and breaks his whole arm. but he will miss just a few weeks, which means he is back on the roids.

    Atleast we have our secret little cameras planted all over the place so we can still win games.

  33. mccourty1sland says: Sep 9, 2013 3:01 PM

    i also have some concrete evidence showing tom brady helped with that hernandez murder.

  34. jnbnet says: Sep 9, 2013 3:02 PM

    whiteknightblackheart says:
    Sep 9, 2013 2:14 PM
    short week, and they have to face the mighty Jets…not really sure how the line is still 13 after the stinker this team laid in Buffalo.

    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    If the Patriots play that way for three games…then the point spread will reflect that. The spread is not affected too much by any one game. It is determined by the injury report and the team’s trend. Only fools make drastic descions based on the last week’s game. Lots of fools out there……

  35. gunpowdah says: Sep 9, 2013 3:06 PM

    So now the Pats have to rely on Fumbilitis Ridley to carry the ball and lose another reliable pass catcher for Brady to throw the ball to.

    If Gronk doesn’t come back soon and in game shape this offense is going to struggle like saw in week 1 for a long time.

  36. dynaco says: Sep 9, 2013 3:10 PM

    Cue in Joe McNight.
    What? We know how much the Pats have a thing for ex Jets.

  37. rustygrizzwald says: Sep 9, 2013 3:13 PM

    Clay Matthews=Ndamakon Suh=Richie Incognito

  38. hehateme2 says: Sep 9, 2013 3:23 PM

    whiteknightblackheart says: Sep 9, 2013 2:14 PM

    short week, and they have to face the mighty Jets…not really sure how the line is still 13 after the stinker this team laid in Buffalo.

    Because it’s the jests. Nuff said.

  39. emaix80 says: Sep 9, 2013 3:25 PM

    Legarrette Blount will manage for 420 carries this year

  40. dlbpatsfan says: Sep 9, 2013 3:33 PM

    denverwally says:

    So if you’ve ever had an injury you are injury prone? Guess that makes Welker injury prone too.
    What a dolt.

    I never said that if you ever been injured you’re automatically injury prone. Did I mention Brady, Mayo, or McCourty? No I didn’t, guys I mentioned are guys who barely play a full season and are on the injury report every week. Amendola, Gronk, Edelman, Talib, these guys are always hurt, You’re the “dolt” here.

  41. commonsenseisnotcmonman says: Sep 9, 2013 3:35 PM

    We can ill afford another Klendathu.

  42. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 9, 2013 3:36 PM

    Oh noes oh noes SKY AM FALLING !!!!

    Not at all actually. Bunch of rookies in their first game and one of the couple most complicated offensive systems int he league. Of course it will take a few games for them to get up to speed.

    Brady showed yesterday he still has the killer instinct when it came down to the end of the game and if you think he won’t ship the receivers into shape I expect you will be proven wrong.

    Pats come up with at least 10 wins and remain in command of the AFCE.

    However this year will be much more like the early 2000s than the last few years. Not many blowouts and a lot of cardiac arrest finishes where they win at the end of the game.

  43. dlbpatsfan says: Sep 9, 2013 3:37 PM

    zam0854 says:

    Pats won’t do anything this year? Pats won’t win the AFC East? FYI, the Pats could win their division at 8-8 this year lol—the bottom feeders of the AFC come from the East–and the West lol. Everybody knows Brady turns guys into good or great players so chill out with the hatred.

    Let me clarify what I mean by the Pats not doing anything this year. They’ll win the division, win 11+ games, get into the playoffs and get beat down just like every year since the 2009-10 playoffs. No doubt they’ll win that division, but what will they do in the playoffs?

  44. redsghost says: Sep 9, 2013 3:44 PM

    ANOTHER shocker?!?!?! Like the first being that the Jets actually won yesterday?

  45. forsbergler says: Sep 9, 2013 3:44 PM

    This team looked very average without any TE’s to make the Def think. Brady was the Avg QB that he turning the ball over when everyone was covered. only can throw one kind of pass…the bullet…very one dimentional. I believe he’ll be injured this year due to the hits he’s going to take. He looks really scared in the pocket right now. This is only going to make them worse with ridley becoming a fumble machine. I expect this team to lose to every good team it plays this year. Lucky they play in such a poor division. may get 1 home game in playoffs and lose there 1st game the play away because they wont be able to cheat to their full extent playing away.

  46. bighurt228 says: Sep 9, 2013 3:49 PM

    Lot of fools in here. How many teams are in sync the first game of the year?? We will miss Vereen for sure, but nows the time for boldin to step up. As Bill says, the season begins in November when the team starts to gel and make a playoff run. I look for Boldin to put up decent numbers, then Gronk should be back soon, as this team gels with their new receivers. The Pats needed an infusion of youth at the receiver position, maybe not all In the same year though.

  47. bcgreg says: Sep 9, 2013 3:55 PM

    dlbpatsfan says

    They’ll win the division, win 11+ games, get into the playoffs and get beat down just like every year since the 2009-10 playoffs. No doubt they’ll win that division, but what will they do in the playoffs?

    —————-

    I agree with the record for this year, but SINCE the 2010 playoffs, the Pats have been to the Superbowl and the AFCCG. Beat down? Really? Guys, you can’t win it all EVERY year! My God!

    C’mon, man!

  48. rc33 says: Sep 9, 2013 3:56 PM

    No Vereen on Thursday, almost certainly no Sudfeld and Brady has little or no faith in who he’s throwing to as it is.
    If Rex Ryan starts 2-0 I may take a hostage.

  49. mightysimi says: Sep 9, 2013 4:00 PM

    You know Amendola isn’t going to play all year. He took some big hits to make some of those catches. I make the over under at week 5. They need Gronk in the worst way. I heard a lot of Ballard and Sudfield talk. That seems to be working out well.

  50. bcgreg says: Sep 9, 2013 4:00 PM

    @ forsbergler

    Your assessment of Brady is idiotic. I’m not saying your wrong about who they lose to, but most good teams lose to other good teams or else there’d be a couple of 16-0 teams every year. But, Brady only makes one kind of throw? Seriously? What a dumb statement. He threw one INT that went off his TE’s hands (the TE tripped over his own feet btw). His fumble came at an inopportune time, but it happens. He scared? 14th year in the NFL, and he’s scared. Yeah. OK.

  51. flash1283 says: Sep 9, 2013 4:01 PM

    forsbergler says:
    Sep 9, 2013 3:44 PM
    This team looked very average without any TE’s to make the Def think. Brady was the Avg QB that he turning the ball over when everyone was covered. only can throw one kind of pass…the bullet…very one dimentional. I believe he’ll be injured this year due to the hits he’s going to take. He looks really scared in the pocket right now. This is only going to make them worse with ridley becoming a fumble machine. I expect this team to lose to every good team it plays this year. Lucky they play in such a poor division. may get 1 home game in playoffs and lose there 1st game the play away because they wont be able to cheat to their full extent playing away.


    Really he can only throw one type of pass??
    Average QB?? 1 int that went off the TE hands because he fell down.
    Clearly you a Brady hater, always posting the same lame crap.
    Guess its gonna suck for you when the “average” QB is a first ballot hall of fame inductee.

  52. mightysimi says: Sep 9, 2013 4:05 PM

    @bcgreg

    2 X NY Giants Championships says he’s scared of the pash rush. Ahhhh. get away from me!!! oh Safety…

  53. forsbergler says: Sep 9, 2013 4:08 PM

    This aint about players geling. NO ONE WAS OPEN. Your Off has no playmakers. you’ll be fine at home when you have Ernie Adams calling the plays but every team you play on the road this year is going to give you troubles. Unfortunatly your team sucks and cheating can only win you home games. when brady had to beat people legit and you cant run the ball because nowone is worried about the PA TE seam routes that Hernandez and Gronk used to tear people up with. There are going top be alot of 3rd and longs where brady has to hold onto it for longer than 1.5 sec…..eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee………..my shoulder………I think it might be seperated coach……lol….lucky it didn’t happen against the bills. brady looked terrified in the pocket.

  54. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 9, 2013 4:12 PM

    mightysimi says:
    Sep 9, 2013 4:05 PM
    @bcgreg

    2 X NY Giants Championships says he’s scared of the pash rush. Ahhhh. get away from me!!! oh Safety…

    ——–
    Ahhh….living in the past I see. Well then Brady can’t hear your footsteps cause he has two SB rings in his ears and one on his middle finger. Count them….that’s 3. Unless you’re a Raven’s fan…you lost last year, plain and simple.

  55. forsbergler says: Sep 9, 2013 4:20 PM

    Hold Amendola, cover Edleman, cover whatever crappy RB you have in probably Ridley. Play the run on 2nd and Long put brady in 3 rd and long blitz him because he’s scared to take a hit…..easy formula to beating pats…5 yrd routes all year…cant wait till they play the next good D away from home.

  56. forsbergler says: Sep 9, 2013 4:30 PM

    @ xxsweepthelegxx

    Oh you mean the 3 SB they won before they got caught for cheating?

    how many they won since?

    They still got that great home record but cant beat anybody good on the road hmmmmmm

    can anyone say……GGGGAAAAYYYYYEEEEEE!!

  57. mightysimi says: Sep 9, 2013 4:33 PM

    No more than all of you living in the future. First ballot hall of famer is all I hear. Right but I’m living in the past those 3 superbowls were even further in the past behind those 2 where the Giants made him look like a sniveling child.

  58. granadafan says: Sep 9, 2013 4:48 PM

    Pity. Vereen finally had the opportunity to show what he can do and he gets hurt. Hope he returns soon and reclaims his spot. He’s certainly earned it.

  59. forsbergler says: Sep 9, 2013 4:55 PM

    @ bcgreg

    You lost to every good team you played last year. FACT. your team has no talent this year. FACT. you cheat at home FACT. Show me one touch throw in the bills game…NONE..FACT
    he threw and inaccurate bullet to a TE that bounced off his hands because it had no touch…FACT
    4 or 5 dirt balls on 3rd and long in the face of a blitz…he was scared of getting hit…FACT
    Any more bub bub bub brain busters?

  60. forsbergler says: Sep 9, 2013 5:01 PM

    @ mightysimi

    I couldn’t agree more, remember his 1st throw in the last Sb agaist the Giants where he was scared to take a hit so he just hucked the ball 50 yrds down the middle to no body and ended up getting a saftey that costed him the game in the end?

    that throw was the most touch I’ve ever seen him use…lmao…maybe welker could of caught that 3rd down pass if he ever learned to throw with anticipation and touch like a real QB…lol

  61. doublezero74 says: Sep 9, 2013 5:53 PM

    Also forsburglar

    Who is your teams QB?

  62. flash1283 says: Sep 9, 2013 6:03 PM

    forsbergler says:
    Sep 9, 2013 5:01 PM
    @ mightysimi

    I couldn’t agree more, remember his 1st throw in the last Sb agaist the Giants where he was scared to take a hit so he just hucked the ball 50 yrds down the middle to no body and ended up getting a saftey that costed him the game in the end?

    that throw was the most touch I’ve ever seen him use…lmao…maybe welker could of caught that 3rd down pass if he ever learned to throw with anticipation and touch like a real QB…lol


    What about the 16 completions in a row he had in that same game. AS
    SB record, I guess he doesn’t get credit for that.

    Again you don’t play 14 seasons at a high level in the NFL if you are “scared”.

  63. tedmurph says: Sep 9, 2013 6:08 PM

    The Pats blew out Denver, Colts and Houston 2x(once in the playoffs) last year. Not their fault the division stinks FACT.

    Pats return 5/6 ProBowlers from last yr(3rd most in the league) and will probably add a couple more(like Amendola). FACT.

    Sudfeld tripped over his own feet in his break and was in the process of falling down during the interception. FACT.

    Brady threw the ball away in the dirt in the face of the blitz. It’s called throwing the ball away so you don’t take a hit, get sacked and, you know, lose yrds. FACT.

    Brady engineered another 4th QTR come from behind drive to win the game. FACT.

    Save the EAdams conspiracy theories, you just make yourself sound jealous and crazy. FACT.

    That was easy. FACT. Haters are funny. FACT.

  64. forsbergler says: Sep 9, 2013 6:13 PM

    A real QB don’t worry about it. He doesn’t need to cheat to win at home. He know as the GOAT to real football fans. He can throw bullets and touch balls. I’m pretty sure he just tied a 50 yr old NFL record with 7 TD passes in one game. He doen’t require a secondary illigal frequency to the booth to tell him what Def is coming right up until the snap. He turned a terrible team into a team with a 13-3 record last year with the #1 seed in the AFC after not playing the year prior comeing off of 4 neck sergeries. He impliments his teams offence and game plan every week and his approach to the game has been copied by many elite QB’s in the league for years! A superbowl champion and MVP and will go down as the Best to ever play the position.

    Payton Manning WHAT!!!!

    what are you gonig to cherp me about?….that he put up a 50 berger this week and threw for 7TD no picks and 450 yrd GTFOH

  65. forsbergler says: Sep 9, 2013 6:20 PM

    tedmurph says: Save the EAdams conspiracy theories, you just make yourself sound jealous and crazy. FACT.

    LoL, Is that what you pats fans call it? a conspiracy therory?

    My bad I thought they called it a name or something…thought it was called..sspppp…sppiiizzzz…..spygate, that’s it spygate….my bad I must be uninformed.

    I sugest you get real and do some homework on badly your team cheats. The information is out there you know. Read Spygate the untold story. Take off the blinders and get real kid.

  66. forsbergler says: Sep 9, 2013 6:21 PM

    I think they told the people who were worried about the government spying on them conspiracy theorists too.

    NSA anybody?

    good chirp though good chirp….lol

  67. forsbergler says: Sep 9, 2013 6:26 PM

    Pats fans are dilusional

  68. tedmurph says: Sep 9, 2013 6:28 PM

    I rest my case. Give a guy enough rope…

  69. classyjacklambert says: Sep 9, 2013 7:04 PM

    In other news, Ray Lewis was pretty decent on countdown yesterday although he did murder Adam Schefter during one of the commercial breaks.

    Funniest thing I’ve read in a while!

  70. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Sep 9, 2013 8:35 PM

    I really hope that forsbergler isn’t a Broncos fan (although it looks like he may be). Please don’t paint us all with a broad stroke because of this idiot.

  71. herephishyphishy says: Sep 9, 2013 8:45 PM

    I love these kinds of stories that remind you of the modern day gladiator we are watching every week, It shuts up “Bill in sales” or “Steve in accounting” who cant wait to trap someone at the water cooler with the “This new game is un watchable” or my favorite. “Put a skirt on the Quarterback” who would if any bone in there body would immediately be carted off to the nearest E.R. clutching whatever injury they may have, never finish their day let alone continue to play RB productively. bravo to these guys toughness.

  72. bcgreg says: Sep 10, 2013 1:22 PM

    And I love all you haters that say Brady is scared of the pass rush. Name a QB that LOVES it! Really, name one QB who relishes being hit in the pocket. Tom Brady is considered one of the toughest QBs in the league by the PLAYERS (except maybe Terrell Sucks–I mean Suggs).

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