The Patriots announced Tuesday that running back Shane Vereen has been placed on injured reserve with a designation to return after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated bone in his left wrist. The earliest Vereen would be able to return would be Week 11 against the Panthers.
This is bad news for the Patriots. Tom Brady opened the year with the vast majority of his targets from 2012 gone. Now 24 of his 52 targets could be missing with Vereen out, and Danny Amendola likely out.
Vereen will be a tough guy to keep on most fantasy rosters, and he’s recommended for leagues with IR designations and deeper leagues. More than two months is a long time to hold on for a part-time running back.