The Patriots announced Tuesday they have placed running back Shane Vereen on injured reserve with a designation to return meaning he’s eligible to return to practice after Week 7 and play after Week 9. Vereen suffered a wrist injury in Sunday’s season opener against the Bills.

The team also re-signed tight end Matthew Mulligan to replace Vereen on the 53-man roster. In addition the Patriots re-signed defensive lineman A.J. Francis to the practice squad and released wide receiver Quentin Sims from the practice squad.

Mulligan 28 was signed by the Patriots on Sept. 3 and released on Sept. 5. The 6-foot-4 267-pounder is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Jets (2009-11) and the St. Louis Rams (2012). He went to training camp this past summer with Green Bay after signing with the Packers in April but was released on Aug. 31. Mulligan has played in 50 NFL games with 20 starts and has 14 receptions for 144 yards and one touchdown.