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Shane Vereen takes first steps toward return


*RB Shane Vereen returned to practice, with sights set on coming off IR soon: *

Running back Shane Vereen has been designated for return from injured reserve and returned to practice today. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 27 after injuring his triceps in the Giants' Week 3 loss to the Washington Redskins.

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"It was good to get him back out here in the mix with the team," coach Ben McAdoo said. "He caught some balls."

The Giants have 21 days to activate Vereen or he must remain on the injured reserve list for the remainder of the season.

"When [the medical staff and trainers] deem him ready, we'll take a look at bringing him back," McAdoo said.

"Man, I wish I knew, honestly. It is up to the doctors," Vereen added. "I am progressing, doing everything that they have me do each and every day, just trying to take baby steps and hope enough of the baby steps will be to getting back on the field."

At the time of his injury, Vereen led the team in rushing with 147 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries. He also has eight receptions for 75 yards in three games this season.

"The injury was a surprise because I knew I had hurt my arm, but I didn't think it was that bad," Vereen said. "So just trying to cope with the injury, I never really put a time table on it because I didn't know how bad it was. I didn't know what the surgery was going to be. I had never gone through something like that before and it is kind of a rare injury, so I wasn't too sure. I was just hoping for the best and we didn't know for sure if there was even going to be a chance until after surgery, so luckily we had some good news."

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