Mike Giardi, of CSNNE's "SportsNet Central," citing sources, says Patriots running back Shane Vereen will miss at least four weeks after sustaining a broken wrist in the season-opening 23-21 victory in Buffalo on Sunday.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports 1 was first to report that Vereen broke the wrist on the first play of the game and will need surgery.
Big hit for patriots, RB Shane Vereen broke a small bone in his wrist on 1st play yesterday, scheduled for surgery today. Out few weeks— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) September 9, 2013
Girardi said he witnessed Vereen struggling to put on his socks with one hand after the game Sunday, so he knew something was up.
The Patriots turned to Vereen after Stevan Ridley had trouble holding on to the ball with two fumbles, one of which was returned 75 yards for a Bills touchdown. Vereen was the only running back in the NFL to gain 100 yards rushing on Sunday. He had 101 on the ground and also caught seven passes for 58 yards.
"Losing him will hurt a lot," said fellow running back LeGarrette Blount, whose workload will likely increase begining Thursday against the Jets. "We're just going to have to have guys step up."
One of those who will need to is Ridley, who Giardi said has admitted, "I have to earn my job back," after putting the ball on the ground twice, which led to his benching by coach Bill Belichick.