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Patriots put Shane Vereen on short-term IR

New England Patriots v Buffalo Bills

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 8: Shane Vereen #34 of the New England Patriots is hit as he carries the ball but breaks the attempted tackle during NFL game action by Da’Norris Searcy #25 of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 8, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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As it turns out, Patriots running back Shane Vereen is going to miss more than a few weeks.

The team announced Vereen was placed on injured reserve/designated for return, which will mean at least an eight week absence.

Vereen broke a small bone in his wrist on his first play of Sunday’s win over the Bills, but still had 159 yards from scrimmage, including 101 rushing yards.

Now they might have to turn back to Stevan Ridley, who was benched in favor of Vereen after a second-quarter fumble.

To take Vereen’s roster spot, they brought back tight end Matthew Mulligan, who spent two days on their roster last week. The former Jets and Rams tight end was in camp with the Packers this summer.