New York Giants running back Shane Vereen hadn't played since Week 3 against the Washington Redskins as a result of a triceps injury, which required surgery on Sept. 28. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 27 but has since been activated and is ready to return.
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Vereen Active vs. Cowboys
Sunday, Dec. 11
The Giants announced Vereen was available to play in Week 14 against Dallas.
On Saturday, the Giants announced they had activated Vereen and waived offensive lineman Adam Gettis, per Michael Eisen of Giants.com.
Vereen Struggling to Shake Injury Bug in NFL
Injuries have come to define Vereen's NFL career more than his skills as a running back. He did play all 16 games in back-to-back seasons in 2014 and '15, but those are the only years in his six-year career that has happened.
Aside from those two full years, Vereen has only reached the 13-game mark one other time (with the New England Patriots in 2012). He isn't reliable enough to be used as the top running back in a system, but his ability to catch passes out of the backfield gives him good value.
Given Vereen's inability to stay on the field and this latest setback, he is best used as a spare piece in an offense that doesn't require him to do more than the minimum amount of physical activity to extend his career.