Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots after Sunday’s disappointing performance, it did on Monday morning. According to Fox Sports, Patriots backup running back Shane Vereen will be missing the next few weeks due to a broken wrist. Vereen played through the injury against the Buffalo Bills but was experiencing discomfort. He is set to have surgery.
Vereen was arguably the Patriots MVP in Week 1. After Stevan Ridley turned the ball over twice, Bill Belichick decided to bench Ridley and play the former California Golden Bear. The 24-year-old racked up a career-high 101 rushing yards and was also crucial in the passing game, racking up 58 yards on seven catches. With Vereen out, the Patriots depth at running back dwindles. Brandon Bolden has been listed as the third running back, but he missed Sunday’s opener at Buffalo. If Bolden isn’t ready to go, that makes the Patriots’ former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Legarrette Blount their only option outside of Ridley. Blount appeared in one game last year and recorded 15 yards on seven carries.
For Ridley, Vereen’s injury could be a blessing in disguise. Obviously having a teammate hurt is never the ideal scenario, but with Vereen gone, Bilichick may have to play Ridley by default. Look for him to try and rebound after an abysmally performance.
The Patriots have a quick turnaround as they face the New York Jets on Thursday night football. The Jets are coming off a surprising winning against the Buccaneers and could cause the Patriots some problems.