Rookie RB Vereen leaves with injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Rookie running back Shane Vereen, who was taking part in his second practice with the Patriots, left Wednesday night's session and didn't return. It appeared Vereen hurt his hamstring.

A second-round draft choice out of Cal, Vereen signed a four-year contract on Tuesday. His speed was evident when participating in the last two practices, although his injury status now becomes something to monitor in the days to come.

Thursday was supposed to be the day that the Patriots finally got their revamped running back on the field together as it marked the first opportunity for BenJarvus Green-Ellis (restricted free agent), Kevin Faulk (unrestricted free agent) and Sammy Morris (unrestricted free agent) to join those who have already been on the practice field -- Danny Woodhead, Vereen and fellow rookie Stevan Ridley.

But with Vereen not finishing Wednesday's practice, that might not become a reality.