The New England Patriots 23-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 was costly. Running back Shane Vereen, who filled in very nicely for running back Steven Ridley after he was benched for his second fumble, broke his wrist in the Week 1 victory. According to Erik Scalavino of Patriots Football Weekly, Vereen broke a small bone in one of his wrists and is now set for surgery. The surgery will require Vereen to miss the next few weeks of game action as he recovers.
The news gives Ridley some newfound hope as he tries to rebound from a very forgettable Sunday afternoon in Buffalo and regain his starting spot. His two fumbles put him in the doghouse of head coach Bill Belichick as he was benched for the rest of the game. Vereen had 101 yards on the ground and 58 yards receiving as well.
More bad news followed as the Boston Globe reports that tight end Zach Sudfeld suffered a hamstring injury and sat out all of the fourth quarter on Sunday. His status is now very much unknown for Thursday's game against the New York Jets.
With the injury to Sudfeld, the Patriots now only have one healthy tight end in Michael Hoomanawanui. With Sudfeld out and Rob Gronkowski still recovering from back and forearm surgeries, the Patriots tight end depth is certainly lacking. It would be hard for the Patriots to sign a tight end and get him acclimated to the playbook in time for Thursday, so expect a lot of single tight end sets from the Patriots in Thursday's game.
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