FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots placed Shane Vereen on the injured reserve/designated to return list, meaning the running back will miss at least the next eight games.
Vereen broke a bone in his wrist early in Sunday’s win against the Bills, but still managed to gain 159 all-purpose yards, including the first 100-yard rushing game of his career (14 carries, 101 yards). He had surgery to repair the break Monday, with initial reports speculating that he’d miss four weeks or so.
Based on the IR/DFR designation, Vereen won’t be able to practice until after Week 7, and won’t be able to play until after Week 9. The Patriots have a bye in Week 10, so the earliest Vereen could play in a game would be Nov. 18, a Monday night game at Carolina. He’ll miss two games against the Jets — including Thursday night’s home opener — and also games with Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Miami, and Pittsburgh.
To replace Vereen on the 53-man active roster, the Patriots re-signed tight end Matthew Mulligan. He was originally signed by the team Sept. 3, and was released two days later. With Rob Gronkowski (forearm/back) and Zach Sudfeld (hamstring) dealing with injuries, Michael Hoomanawanui had been the only healthy tight end.
Meanwhile, wide receiver Danny Amendola, who is battling a groin injury, had limited participation in the team’s walkthrough practice for the second straight day.
Three Patriots — running back Stevan Ridley, and cornerbacks Alfonzo Dennard and Marquice Cole — were added to Tuesday’s injury report, despite participating fully in the walkthrough at Gillette Stadium.
Ridley was listed with a shoulder injury, while Dennard was listed with an ankle injury and Cole a hamstring injury.
The other players on the injury report were again listed with limited participation: Gronkowski, Sudfeld, Amendola, receiver Aaron Dobson (hamstring), defensive backs Nate Ebner (ankle) and Duron Harmon (hamstring), running backs Brandon Bolden (knee) and Leon Washington (thigh), and offensive lineman Will Svitek (knee).
The team worked out on the upper grass field behind Gillette Stadium in the morning, with players in shorts and T-shirts. There were no pads, and very few players brought helmets.
The Patriots also announced a pair of practice squad transactions: They re-signed defensive lineman A.J. Francis and released receiver Quentin Sims.