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Patriots’ Rusher Vereen Needs Surgery for Broken Wrist, Fox Says

New England Patriots Running Back Shane Vereen
New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen broke a small bone in his wrist early in a game against the Buffalo Bills. Photographer: Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) -- New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen will miss the next few weeks of the National Football League season after breaking his wrist in the team’s season-opening win over the Buffalo Bills, Fox Sports reported.

Vereen, whose 101 yards in New England’s 23-21 victory yesterday are the second most among rushers so far in the first week of the season, broke a small bone in his wrist early in the game, Fox Sports said on its website, without identifying its source. Vereen experienced numbness after the game because the bone sits on a nerve, Fox said.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t mention the injury on a conference call today with reporters. An e-mail seeking comment from Stacey James, a team spokesman, wasn’t immediately returned.

New England, which hosts the New York Jets on Sept. 12, lists fourth-year player LeGarrette Blount second on its depth chart behind Vereen, and James Develin third.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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