Shane Vereen RB NE 6 Days

Vereen carried once for two yards and caught three passes for 41 yards in Sunday's 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

Meanwhile, fellow RB LeGarrette Blount carried 30 times for 148 yards in the game, with three TDs. Look for Blount to continue to head the Patriots' rushing attack in Super Bowl XLIX, with Vereen on track to continue to work in a change-of-pace role.

Shane Vereen RB NE 11 Days

Vereen, who appeared to take a hard hit to the helmet in the fourth quarter of this past Saturday's win over the Ravens, is not listed on the Patriots' injury report in advance of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Colts.

In a game where Patriots' running backs accounted for just seven carries, Vereen ran just once for six yards last Saturday, while catching four passes for 39 yards. While we'd expect the team to run more on Sunday, with LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden and perhaps Jonas Gray also in the team's backfield mix, Vereen remains best suited to help out those in PPR formats.

Shane Vereen RB NE 26 Days

Vereen, who ran twice for one yard and caught three passes for 14 yards in Sunday's regular season finale, was on the field for 28-of-67 snaps on offense in the contest, ESPN.com reports.

As the playoffs approach, Vereen slots in as a change-of-pace option in a New England backfield that also includes power backs LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray, along with Brandon Bolden in reserve. It's a key role in the team's offense, but in the 2014 campaign, it led to somewhat disappointing fantasy numbers, based on preseason expectations. Overall, Vereen carried 96 times for 391 yards and two TDs, while catching 52 passes for 447 yards and three TDs in 16 games. The fourth-year running back is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and it's unclear how aggressive the Patriots will be in retaining him, especially with rookie James White waiting in the wings.

Shane Vereen RB NE 28 Days

Vereen (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bills.

With Jonas Gray inactive for the contest, the Patriots will roll with a Week 17 backfield comprised of Vereen, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden and James White. Neither are high-percentage bets in Sunday fantasy lineups, though with the Patriots having nothing to gain, seeding wise, this week, it's plausible that White could see some of the snaps on offense normally allocated to Vereen.

Shane Vereen RB NE 30 Days

Vereen (ankle) is one of 15 players listed as questionable by the Patriots for Sunday's game against the Bills, the team's official site reports.

While we'd expect Vereen to suit up Sunday, with the Patriots having clinched the top playoff seed in the AFC, it's tough to predict how the Patriots (who will be without RB Jonas Gray on Sunday) will divide up their Week 17 carries. Assuming he is active Sunday, Vereen thus remains a hit-or-miss fantasy option.

Shane Vereen RB NE 1 Month

Vereen (ankle) was one of 15 players listed as limited at practice by the Patriots on Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.

More on Vereen's status as the week continues, though with no reported setbacks in Week 16, we suspect that he'll be healthy enough to suit up Sunday against the Bills, though it's a game with no playoff seeding implications for the Patriots.

Shane Vereen RB NE 1 Month

Vereen (ankle) carried six times for 38 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Jets.

Meanwhile, Jonas Gray carried six times for five yards and a TD, while Brandon Bolden carried five times for 32 yards in the game. With LeGarrette Blount out, the Patriots went with a committee approach on Sunday, with Vereen's modest impact in the passing game of late continuing to hamper his fantasy upside.

Shane Vereen RB NE 1 Month

Vereen (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets.

With LeGarrette Blount out, Jonas Gray is in line to serve as the Patriots' top power back in Week 16, with Vereen also a candidate to see some added carries on Sunday. Vereen's fantasy upside continues to hinge on his usage in the Patriots' passing game, an area in which he has been used sporadically over his past three games - a span in which he has combined for five catches 68 yards -- though on Sunday he could see a few more looks on that front, with target-gobbling wideout Julian Edelman inactive.

Shane Vereen RB NE 1 Month

Vereen (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, the Patriots' official site reports.

Vereen is one of 12 New England players to draw a questionable designation this week, though what sort of workload he might see Sunday (after recording six carries for five yards with a TD and catching one pass for 12 yards in Week 15) is presumably more of a question mark than his actual availability for this weekend's tilt.

Shane Vereen RB NE 1 Month

Vereen (ankle) remained listed as a limited practice participant Thursday, the Patriots' official site reports.

We'll revisit Vereen's status Friday, but there's no indication that he is in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Jets. That said, the running back could draw an official questionable designation in advance of the contest.