Report: Shane Vereen out several weeks

Shane Vereen had the first 100-yard rushing game of his career (101 yards) Sunday against the Bills. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

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Shane Vereen (34) had the first 100-yard rushing game of his career (101 yards) Sunday against the Bills.

It wasn’t just Danny Amendola who played through pain in the Patriots’ win over the Bills Sunday.

According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, running back Shane Vereen broke a small bone in his wrist early in the game and will require surgery — scheduled for today — that will keep him out for multiple weeks.


Glazer also tweeted that Vereen experienced numbness after the game because the affected bone sits on a nerve.

The Patriots had even more bad injury news on Monday because rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld, who didn’t play in the fourth quarter in Buffalo, may not be able to play Thursday night against the Jets after pulling a hamstring Sunday, according to a league source.

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Vereen was slated to get his share of snaps against Buffalo, likely as the primary third-down back, but after Stevan Ridley’s second fumble of the day (the first was waved off on review), he saw his play-count rise, and he responded with a career-high 101 rushing yards on 14 carries and also had 58 yards receiving.

Vereen played the entire game, but felt numbness in his wrist afterward because the bone sat on a nerve, according to the report.

With Vereen out, the Patriots may have to turn back to Ridley. LeGarrette Blount also rushed seven times for 15 yards, and Leon Washington, signed Saturday, could serve as the third-down back.

Ben Volin contributed. Shalise Manza Young can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung.
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