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Patriots rookie DE Rivers potentially lost for season

By Sam Monson
Aug 18, 2017
New England Patriots

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FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 10: Derek Rivers #95 of the New England Patriots leaves the field after a preseason loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on August 10, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
  • The New England Patriots fear they have lost their top draft pick, defensive end Derek Rivers, to a season-ending knee injury, according to Field Yates. Rivers was running a kickoff coverage drill at the time, and per Mike Giardi, the injury was non-contact, and just saw his knee buckle from under him.
  • Rivers is an athletic prospect out of Youngstown State, and his NFL career consists of just the 36 snaps he played in the team’s preseason opener against Jacksonville, featuring only a dozen pass-rushing plays.
  • Rivers collected a hit and a defensive stop in the game, and also played on four kickoff coverage snaps, the snaps for which he was running drills when he went down.

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