Shane Vereen still managing wrist injury

New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, one of the team’s key offensive players, said this week that his previously broken left wrist still isn’t back to the point where it was before the injury last September.

“It’s not going to feel great tomorrow, it’s not going to feel awful. It won’t be 100 percent probably for a while, but it’s good enough and I’m working on strengthening it and getting it back,” Vereen said on the team’s website as part of the PFW in Progress program with Fred Kirsch, Paul Perillo, Andy Hart and Erik Scalavino.

Vereen suffered a broken bone in the wrist in a season-opening victory against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 8, and had surgery that sidelined him until a Nov. 18 game against the Carolina Panthers.

Vereen added in the PFW in Progress interview that his wrist feels good and “through most of the end of the season, I was fine with it.” He wouldn’t use it as an excuse for a few dropped passes last season.

“Not as much as you would think,” he said on the program when asked how much the cast he played with affected him. “I was still able to get pretty good traction on the ball, catching it. It forced me to concentrate a lot more. Personally I think I might have even caught the ball a little bit better with it because I knew I had to concentrate on the ball more with the cast being on the hand.

“It has nothing to do with the cast. I would never blame it on that. ... There’s no excuse. I should have caught them.”

As for what’s ahead for the Patriots, Vereen sees potential for the offense.

“I’m excited for it,” he said. “I think we had a lot of young guys last year, myself included, I throw myself in that category as well as far as experience is concerned. Now we can take that next step and see what a year with a lot of young guys around a very good veteran quarterback, a year later we’ll see what the product is this year.”