Foxborough, MA, United States (4E Sports) – New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen is expected to miss a few weeks as he will undergo surgery Monday to repair a small broken bone in his wrist, according to reports by several media outlets.
Vereen played the entire game in the Patriots’ 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills despite suffering the injury early in the encounter. A report said Vereen experienced numbness because the bone sits on a nerve.
Vereen rushed for a career-high 101 yards and hauled in seven receptions for 58 yards Sunday. The third-year veteran filled in as New England’s primary running back after starter Stevan Ridley was benched following a second-quarter fumble.
Vereen is one of the Patriots’ biggest offensive weapons, finishing third on the team with seven catches for 58 receiving yards.
Aside from Vereen, tight end Zach Sudfeld’s status against the New York Jets Thursday is in doubt after suffering a pulled hamstring against the Bills.
The Patriots are very deep at running back with Ridley, LeGarrette Blount, and Brandon Bolden all capable of carrying the ball but the team needs Vereen’s hands in the passing game, where rookies Kembrell Thompkins and Sudfeld struggled on Sunday.
With Vereen and Sudfeld potentially out, the Patriots team will have to rely on Julian Edelman more.