New England Patriots: Shane Vereen On IR-Designated to Return

New England Patriots Shane Vereen

Patriots running back Shane Vereen was put on the injured reserve-designated to return list after having surgery on a broken bone in his wrist. Since he is tagged to return, he won’t be out the whole season, but will miss eight games and can’t practice for six weeks.

Vereen was projected to be a huge part of the offense this year, so his absence is significant. He was the most productive offensive player for New England in Week 1, rushing for 103 yards. He also caught seven passes out of the backfield.

He is the Patriots version of Darren Sproles, and has the skill set to live up to that measure. Brandon Bolden looks to be in line to step into that role, but Bill Belichick hasn’t tipped his hand yet. Bolden does have good hands, and is more explosive than LeGarrette Blount or Leon Washington.

Either way, this is a huge blow to the Patriots offense that showed it still has many question marks that have yet to have answers. This injury only creates more.