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With just 3 days between games, Pats must work fast to adjust to injuries to Vereen, others

Julian Edelman isn't wasting time as he moves on from his strong season-opening performance for the Patriots. Even the three days between that game against the Buffalo Bills and Thursday night's against the New York Jets is more than enough.

New England needs his focus to be sharp — and his body to be healthy — as it deals with numerous injuries to players who Tom Brady wants to get the ball to. So Edelman's not dwelling on the short time the team has to prepare.

The Patriots will be without leading rusher Shane Vereen on Thursday after he was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return on Tuesday. He hurt his wrist and must miss eight games.

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Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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