Patriots place RB Shane Vereen on IR with designation to return

Shane Vereen rushed for 101 yards in Sunday's win over the Bills. (USATSI)
Patriots running back Shane Vereen underwent surgery Monday after breaking a small bone in his wrist. The initial report was that Vereen, who rushed for 101 yards against the Bills in Sunday's 23-21 victory, would only be sidelined a few weeks.

On Tuesday, the Patriots announced that Vereen was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return, which means he will be eligible to rejoin the 53-man roster no sooner than Week 10.

Vereen's workload increased against the Bills because Stevan Ridley fumbled twice (he lost one) and was benched for the second half. Now, Ridley get a chance to redeem himself.

"I'm not going to sit on the past," he said Sunday after the game. "I just have to accept where I messed up, made a mistake and grow from it. That's really all you can do, having to point the finger, come back to work tomorrow. I hate it, it's unfortunate, but, you know, it's part of the game of football and I'm going to have to keep working, keep driving and pushing forward. We've got 15 more weeks in front of us and I'm going right back to work."

On Tuesday, quarterback Tom Brady offered Ridley a vote of confidence.

“I know Stevan is a very mentally tough kid," he said. "I love having him back there. I love giving the ball to him and watching him run.”

Brady will get that chance Thursday when the Pats host the Jets.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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