New York Giants running back Shane Vereen will undergo triceps surgery, the team announced Monday afternoon. After originally telling media, including yours truly, that Vereen would be lost for the season the team now says there is a chance Vereen could return late in the season.
Vereen carried the ball 11 times for 67 yards and caught two passes for 28 yards during Sunday’s 29-27 loss to the Washington Redskins, but also fumbled the ball twice.
Coach Ben McAdoo said Monday that he didn’t know when Vereen had suffered the injury, but left open the possibility that the triceps affected him on the fumbles.
“I think he was playing with it (the injury) for a significant amount of time,” McAdoo said.
The Giants played Sunday without starting running back Rashad Jennings, who was inactive with a thumb injury.
Orleans Darkwa ran 10 times for 53 yards, and Bobby Rainey had a pass reception for 24 yards. McAdoo said the Giants would replace Vereen “by committee.” Rainey perhaps is the back with the skillset closest to Vereen’s.
Darian Thompson “week-to-week”
The Giants also announced Monday that rookie safety Darian Thompson will not need surgery to fix his foot injury, but that he will remain in a walking boot and be listed as “week-to-week.”
McAdoo had no updates on Eli Apple (hamstring) or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin), both of whom left Sunday’s game.