The New England Patriots have confirmed that the team’s star running back, Shane Vereen, has been placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL.
The move was made Friday after Vereens MRI revealed the injury.
He’s out for the season.
The team said in a statement Friday night that the decision was made after Vreens MRI showed a torn Achilles tendon.
Vereen was hit in the back by a stray bullet and suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
He has been ruled out for six months and is expected to miss about six weeks.
The Patriots have had a busy offseason, with several key players returning from injury.
The NFL said that Verees knee injury was not related to the shooting.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in an Instagram post that the league will review the situation.
He said the Patriots “have been fully cooperative in the investigation, and will not be commenting further on the matter.”
“While we have not reached a conclusion on the specifics of the situation, we will review any information that we receive to determine if it is appropriate to take any further action,” Goodell said.
Vreens father, Steve Vere, spoke out Friday after the shooting, telling the New York Daily News that his son would have to spend months on the sidelines without the ability to return to the field.
“I don’t want him to be a burden to the family,” Steve Vreen told the Daily News.
I just don’t.
I don’t think he’s capable of that.”
Vereens mother, Christine, also spoke out.
She said she was told by doctors that her son had suffered an ACL tear.
She said she spoke to Vereena at a New England hotel on Friday and was told he is “extremely fortunate” to be out of the hospital and is doing well.
She told the New Jersey Star-Ledger newspaper that Vreena had a concussion in September.
She also said she would like to see the Patriots get rid of Vreese.
Vareen has had four NFL seasons and has rushed for 2,903 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
He also has a season-high 41 receptions for 865 yards and seven touchdowns.