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September 11, 2013

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Banged up Pats

The Patriots sustained a few key injuries on the offensive side of the ball during Sunday’s win against the Buffalo Bills and will probably be without Tom Brady’s top two weapons against the Jets on Thursday night.

Shane Vereen sustained a wrist injury that will need surgery, he has been placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list, which means he will not be able to return until after Week 9. The Patriots have a bye in Week 10 so the earliest we will see Vereen back in the lineup will be Week 11 against the Carolina Panthers.

Vereen was possible the Patriots best offensive player Sunday with over 150 yards of total offense.

Danny Amendola is also likely to sit out Thursday’s AFC East tilt with the Jets after suffering a groin injury on Sunday. Amendola appeared to Tom Brady’s only reliable target in Week 1 hauling in 10 passes for 104 yards, several of those receptions were key third down grabs.

The Patriots offense already looked shaky against a bad Bills team on Sunday, and without its two top weapons the team could be ripe for the picking against a bad Jets team on Thursday.

Manager scuffle

There was an altercation Monday night in the Orioles vs. Yankees game in Baltimore, and it was between the two managers.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter took exception to Yankees manager Joe Girardi yelling at Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson for allegedly attempting to steal signs. Girardi’s words prompted Showalter to leave the dugout and the two got into a shouting match at home plate.

Showalter denied the accusations and stood up for his third base coach.

“It strikes a chord in me and I stand accused,” Showalter said. “Two competitive good teams and we’re fighting for the same thing, so there’s a small margin for error. But Bobby’s not giving pitches.”

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