Third-stringer Shane Vereen stars for Patriots

Updated: January 13, 2013, 9:59 PM ET
Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Shane Vereen went from anonymous backup to the spotlight for the New England Patriots on Sunday.

A third-string running back, Vereen became essential in New England's offense after Danny Woodhead was injured on the Patriots' first play from scrimmage. While Stevan Ridley, a 1,000-yard rusher, maintained the lead role, Vereen was the guy getting into the end zone.

Three times, in fact.

"Shane had a great game, just a huge growing-up moment for him, very special," ...

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