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Shane Vereen eligible to return for Patriots this week

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The Patriots have been playing without running back Shane Vereen since he racked up 159 total yards of offense in Week One because of a wrist injury, but they can get him back on the field this week.

Vereen is eligible to be activated from injured reserve and has been practicing for the last couple of weeks to prepare himself for a return to the field. The Patriots haven’t said what their plans are for the running back against the Panthers next Monday night, but offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said that Vereen is going to be playing once the team restores him to the active roster.

“As soon as he’s ready and able to help us and we are able to play him, certainly he will have a role in the game,” McDaniels said, via the Boston Globe. “He definitely did make a big impact in Game One. I don’t know if we can expect him to do that right off the bat in his first game back, whenever that is, [but] we’ll look forward to having him back.”

The Patriots have generally had good success running the ball this season, but they haven’t had anyone make much of an impact as a receiver out of the backfield. Vereen could fill that role, increasing the options available to Tom Brady down the stretch and into the postseason.

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7 Responses to “Shane Vereen eligible to return for Patriots this week”
  1. bmorepositive123 says: Nov 12, 2013 9:55 AM

    Having NE RBs on your fantasy team is frustrating…

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 12, 2013 9:56 AM

    Excellent news. Vereen is wicked fast and has great hands as a receiver.

  3. cylondetector says: Nov 12, 2013 10:44 AM

    Should be a great MNF match-up vs the Panthers – good to see this relatively young team battling back to relevance.

    Their D looks flat out nasty – although it has to be said they are far happier butting heads with an offense that thinks of itself as ‘smashmouth’ than against what Brady and McDaniels are capable of bringing if they have enough healthy players..

  4. 6ball says: Nov 12, 2013 11:11 AM


    With Gronkowski and Vereen back the Patriot’s passing game has a whole new look. Other WR’s, such as Amendola and Dobson, have shown improvement in their chemistry with Brady over the first 9 games.

  5. pastabelly says: Nov 12, 2013 12:35 PM

    They can use him against the Panthers. He can also stay back as a decent blocker. With the Carolina pass rush, the quick outs to Vereen would be important as well. Should be a good game.

  6. ranoversquarells says: Nov 12, 2013 1:13 PM

    Glad to have him back. Tired of seeing Bolden trying to catch passes out of the backfield …

  7. patriotenvy says: Nov 12, 2013 1:33 PM

    Just the phrase “fantasy football” doesn’t seem right. It’s belongs with unicorns and fairy tales. Not a manly sport.

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