New England Patriots rookie running back Shane Vereen is not likely to play tonight against the Detroit Lions. Vereen practiced this week, but doesn't appear to be quite yet ready for a game.
For Vereen, there is a reason why it’s tough to stick him on the field before he’s ready.
As coach Bill Belichick explained earlier this week, it’s because he can affect the health of other players. If Vereen gets burned on a blitz pick up, it could be QB Tom Brady’s health.
Vereen is someone keeper league owners should monitor, but his 2011 prospects are poor with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, and fellow rookie Stevan Ridley ahead of him on the depth chart.