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Shane Vereen injury: Patriots RB scheduled for wrist surgery

Shane Vereen will miss several weeks due to a wrist fracture, taking away one of the Patriots' biggest weapons in the running and passing games.

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Shane Vereen will undergo surgery Monday to repair a fracture on a small bone in his wrist and will miss several weeks, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. Vereen suffered the injury during the New England Patriots' two-point win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but he never left the game. Per Glazer, Vereen experienced numbness after the game because the fractured bone touches a nerve.

Vereen was one of the Patriots' stars in the win, rushing for 101 yards on 14 carries and adding 58 yards on seven receptions. He was much more effective running the ball than Stevan Ridley, who picked up 46 yards on nine carries. Perhaps more importantly, he was a frequent target of Tom Brady in an offense starved for pass catchers. The team could be in trouble going forward if wide receiver Danny Amendola also misses time.

Vereen's absence should mean a heavier dose of Ridley in the running game. The bruising running back has never been known as much of a receiving threat, however, nor have backups Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount. Leon Washington's skillset more closely resembles Vereen's among the running back corps, but he hasn't been a major part of an offense for several seasons at this point.

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