Shane Vereen: 'We need to step up'

Shane Vereen #34 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013
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New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen challenges his teammates to step up following the season-ending injury to tight end Rob Gronkowski.

New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen has challenged his side to step up following the injury to tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Gronkowski was ruled out for the remainder of the season after reportedly tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee during Sunday's last-gasp 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Vereen believes that his side will not have to make too many adjustments to the way that they play, but admits that everyone will have to take on a more substantial role to make up for the loss of Gronkowski.

"I think we'll be able to stay very similar," ESPN quotes Vereen as saying.

"Of course, we're going to have to adjust some things but I can't tell you everything we're going to have adjust; we don't have the game-plan for this week yet.

"We're all going to have to step up, we're all going to have to take on bigger roles."

The Patriots currently sit top of the AFC East with a 10-3 record, three wins clear of the Miami Dolphins with just three games to play.

Wide receiver Aaron Dobson #17 of the New England Patriots celebrates as he runs to score on a 39-yard catch in the first quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013
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