Shane Vereen RB NE 23 Hrs

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

We'll revisit Vereen's status Friday, but so far there's nothing to suggest that his Week 3 status is in any peril.

Shane Vereen RB NE 2 Days

Vereen (shoulder) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

We'll track Vereen's status in the coming days, though so far we haven't heard anything to suggest that the running back's availability for Sunday's game against the Raiders might be in question.

Shane Vereen RB NE 5 Days10 Comments

Vereen carried six times for 40 yards and caught one pass for zero yards in Sunday's 30-7 win over the Vikings.

Meanwhile, fellow RB Stevan Ridley carried 25 times for 101 yards in a contest in which the Patriots weren't forced to lean much on the passing game. In the coming weeks, we would expect Vereen to help out PPR owners more often than not, but through two games he has recorded just 13 carries.

Shane Vereen RB NE 11 Days

Vereen was on the field for 61-of-86 snaps on offense in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, ESPN.com reports.

Meanwhile, fellow RB Stevan Ridley saw 22 snaps, though he edged Vereen in the carry department, 8-7. Vereen's PPR utility is established, but if such a ratio extends beyond Week 1, the overall fantasy value of Vereen -- who recorded 36 rushing yards and 35 receiving yards on Sunday -- will be solidified.

Shane Vereen RB NE 12 Days

Vereen carried seven times for 36 yards and a TD and caught five passes for 35 yards (on eight targets) in Sunday's 33-20 loss to the Dolphins.

Meanwhile, fellow RB Stevan Ridley carried eight times for 21 yards and caught two passes for seven yards in the game. While there's a time-share in terms of carries in play here, as expected, Vereen was a key cog in the Patriots' passing game in Week 1, which reinforces his standing in PPR formats.

Shane Vereen RB NE 28 Days4 Comments

Vereen had five receptions for 57 yards and two touchdowns and six carries for 18 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.

The Patriots went with a heavy dose of Vereen in the first half, as he even got the starting nod over Stevan Ridley. While Ridley and, to a lesser extent, James White figure to have roles in the offense, Vereen has the most secure role as a pass-catching specialist with the ability to contribute on the ground.

Shane Vereen RB NE 1 Month

Vereen was on the field for 7-of-91 of the Patriots' snaps on offense in Friday's preseason contest against the Eagles, ESPN.com reports.

While Vereen didn't record a carry in his limited workload Friday, he did notch two catches for 21 yards in the contest. With LeGarrette Blount no longer in the Patriots' backfield mix, Vereen is in line to work this season in tandem with Stevan Ridley and rookie James White. Vereen's projected role as pass-catcher out of the backfield puts him on track to be a productive PPR option, but it remains to be seen how big a share of the team's carries he'll see. While Ridley is probably the best suited among the team's RB options to handle early-down work, he's had issues with fumbles. If they persist, Vereen and/or White would presumably be in a position to receive added touches in the New England offense.

Shane Vereen RB NE 1 Month

Vereen gained seven yards on one carry in Thursday's preseason opener versus the Redskins.

Vereen only touched the ball once but actually got a decent amount of playing time. According to NESN's Doug Kyed, the Patriots made use of a formation on some third downs which featured both Vereen and rookie running back James White in the backfield. White may push for a role in the offense, and while Vereen thrived as part of a three-headed monster last season, it would be a bit more concerning this time around, with White -- a talented receiver -- replacing battering ram LeGarrette Blount. Of course, Vereen is an established part of the New England passing game, while White is a fourth-round rookie who still needs to prove that he deserves a role in the offense.

Shane Vereen RB NE 4 Months

ESPN Patriots' reporter Mike Reiss expects Vereen to handle a plurality of the New England's running back snaps this season.

It is telling that Vereen played almost as many offensive snaps as Ridley last season despite missing eight games due to injury. With LaGarrette Blount now in Pittsburgh, the opportunity exists for Vereen to play upwards of 50% of the Patriots offensive snaps. Assuming his troublesome wrist is healthy, that kind of playing time would make Vereen a high-upside RB2 even in standard formats.

Shane Vereen RB NE 5 Months

Shane Vereen says his 2013 wrist fracture still isn't fully healed.

"It's not going to feel great tomorrow, it's not going to feel awful," he said. "It won't be 100 percent probably for a while, but it's good enough and I'm working on strengthening it and getting it back." The injury cost Vereen eight games and may have contributed to his whopping nine dropped passes, which have flown under the radar. His target numbers dipped sharply down the stretch.