FOXBOROUGH — When the Patriots decided to bench Stevan Ridley after his lost fumble in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Bills, fellow third-year running back Shane Vereen rose to the occasion.
Vereen totaled 159 yards from scrimmage, including a career-best 101 yards rushing on just 14 carries, and seven receptions for 58 yards.
But on Monday afternoon, Fox Sports reported that Vereen broke a small bone in his wrist early in the game and is expected to miss “a few weeks.”
Vereen suffered the injury on his first snap but played the entire game. He experienced numbness afterward, as the affected bone sits on a nerve.
A league source confirmed that Vereen underwent surgery to repair the break Monday. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.