Patriots send Derek Rivers back home after Wednesday injury

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Rookie Derek Rivers is one of the players in the mix for work at defensive end for the Patriots this season, but his chances of gaining playing time could be impacted by an injury.

Rivers left Wednesday’s joint practice with the Texans after hurting his left leg/knee and Mike Giardi of CSN New England reports that he went back to New England for further evaluation while the rest of the team gets ready to play the Texans on Saturday.

Rivers was New England’s top pick in this year’s draft when they selected him in the third round after he set a Youngstown State record with 41 sacks during his college career. With Rob Ninkovich retiring, there’s an opening for immediate playing time if Rivers’ injury isn’t a serious one.

The Patriots will also be without fourth-round defensive end Deatrich Wise because of a concussion, leaving Trey Flowers, Geneo Grissom, Kony Ealy and Caleb Kidder as the healthy options for this week’s game.

41 responses to “Patriots send Derek Rivers back home after Wednesday injury

  1. Jets/Bills and Miami fans are all typing away to condemn the Pats while Pats fans will point to BB their fearless leader and depth (existant or not).

  2. Whodathunk that Rob Ninkovich’s retirement was going to open up a huge can of worms. I don’t want to undermine what Ninkovich did for the Patriots, he was a classic overachiever and steady force on the defensive edge, but we’re not talking a hall of fame player here. So far the heirs apparent to Ninkovich are falling or failing. Hopefully Derek Rivers’ injury is not serious but the fact that the team sent him back to Boston doesn’t bode well. Kony Ealy has apparently been a bit of a disappointment so far but lets see what they get from him now that he will get more reps.

    I don’t think, for Patriots’ fans, this is a reason to cancel your hotel and flight reservations for February 4th weekend in Minneapolis but let’s juts say that it is a concern.

  3. Not great news but I’m not too worried.
    They’ll put a couple of these guys on PUP list to save the roster spot. Then, they will take some veteran cut from some middling team and suddenly he will look like a superstar on Sundays when he is wearing a flying elvis logo and playing his specific role. e.g.: Roman Pfifer, Jabal Sheard, Ninkovich, Chris Long, Kyle Van Noy, etc.

    Who knows, maybe Kony Ealy will turn the corner.

  4. So just exactly are we suppose to say at this stage as Patriots fans, until we know the extent of the injury what can be said except for I hope it’s minor & he’ll be fine…..
    Next man up!!!
    Go Pats!!!

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    You can draft all the right players. You can sign all the best free agents. You can manage your cap down to the last dime. However, at the end of the day, you can’t control injuries. They can decimate any team at any time.
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  6. “Undefeated? Don’t count on it.”

    I don’t think any realistic fan expects to go 19-0. There are always 1 or 2 games a year where the Pats lose focus and play poorly, usually resulting in a loss. Belichick actually loves it when that happens as it gives him plenty of ammunition to go after the players with.

    Even if they keep their focus every single game, the other teams come to play and take their best shot at the Pats.

  7. It’s funny that fans use the Pats won’t go undefeated as an insult. That’s funny other than a few people I don’t see many of us saying that the undefeated season was even a possibility. The defense won’t be as sharp as last year, but they’ll still be at the top of the league even in spite of this injury and Ninkovich’s retirement.

  8. I assume there was a different mod(s) working yesterday which is why I didn’t have trouble getting my comments posted yesterday but today everything gets deleted!

  9. doylemcmuffin says:
    August 17, 2017 at 11:25 am
    Patriot fans mysteriously silent on this one huh?

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    Were you expecting weeping in the streets or some other sort of theatrics? A player got injured?! Oh unknowable universe! We’re still in the pre-season, I think there’s time to make adjustments.

  10. It’ll be fine. And at least the haters have come out in the open rather than using their fake Pats fans accounts. Probably were enjoying it too much since pretending to hate a great team is undoubtedly more fun than pretending to like their terrible one.

  11. doylemcmuffin says:
    August 17, 2017 at 11:25 am
    Patriot fans mysteriously silent on this one huh?
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    Nope, our comments just get deleted at a furious rate compared to the trolls.
    (just like this one was the first time it was posted)

  12. doylemcmuffin says:
    August 17, 2017 at 11:25 am
    Patriot fans mysteriously silent on this one huh?
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    What are you talking about? What’s there to say?

  13. I think anyone who isn’t aware of how BB works doesn’t get that he can run a 3-4 and just use the extra LB.

    I doubt he’s hurt that bad and the “sending him home” line screams more like he needs to ice and get treatment, so traveling to Houston would be pointless.

    As for the handwringers or trolls, BB has signed the apparently underrated Lawrence Guy and traded for Ealy. Sounds/Looks like Ealy lacking interest in defending the run, but in 4-3 sets on 3rd downs, wahat’s wrong with him taking on the Chris Long subrusher role at his pricetag?

    If you use Branch (DE), Malcom Brown (NT) and Guy (DE) as a 3-4 front, your linebackers are (L/R) Hightower, Harris, Roberts, McCellin

    So, versatility is the key here. That leaves Flowers and Easy as specialty pass rushers, fresh and rested.

    And, they still can shift to a 4-3 at times with Flowers replacing Nink.

    They just need some other JAGS to take MOST of the reps in these meaningless preseason games anyway.

  14. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    August 17, 2017 at 1:05 pm
    doylemcmuffin says:
    August 17, 2017 at 11:25 am
    Patriot fans mysteriously silent on this one huh?
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    Nope, our comments just get deleted at a furious rate compared to the trolls.
    (just like this one was the first time it was posted)

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    Exactly. One of the mods is clearly a troll and anti-Patriot.

  15. I’ll only get worried as a Pats fan if I hear the words “BB has decided to head back to NE and take some time off” this dude is a rookie and injuries happen.

  16. Defense won’t be as good as last year because the offenses on the schedule will be much better.
    The list of QBs the Pats faced last year was much easier than the projected list this year.

  17. Also, I would not expect much from Rivers in year 1. He’s thin, needs to add weight and is pretty raw.

    I don’t think they drafted him with high expectations for 2017.

    I think it’s more of a year 2 plan for him.

    Typical BB move, IMO.

  18. Basically the rookies being injured is no big deal. You can pull anyone in too fill a system spot even at QB. Greatest system ever!

  19. You can’t put Rivers or anyone who has practiced on PUP. 100%, he will either be cut or be on the day 1 roster. Or they have to risk cutting him and hoping he ends up unclaimed… and then can ‘revert to IR’.

    The off-season is hard on injured players.

  20. A rookie 3rd round pick got somewhat injured early in the preseason?

    Oh heavens, we better cancel the season, how will the Patriots possibly compete?

    Do you see how this sounds to Patriots fans?

    I’m not counting on or predicting or even wishing for 19-0, but someone, possibly, I think the Pats might be able to contend to win their division and make it to the playoffs.

  21. tim8450 says:
    August 17, 2017 at 11:44 am
    Not great news but I’m not too worried.
    They’ll put a couple of these guys on PUP list to save the roster spot. Then, they will take some veteran cut from some middling team and suddenly he will look like a superstar on Sundays when he is wearing a flying elvis logo and playing his specific role. e.g.: Roman Pfifer, Jabal Sheard, Ninkovich, Chris Long, Kyle Van Noy, etc.

    Who knows, maybe Kony Ealy will turn the corner.

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    My analysis as well.

  22. doylemcmuffin says:

    August 17, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Patriot fans mysteriously silent on this one huh?

    Ok, it doesn’t seem like much to talk about….a player leaves a preseason game with an injured leg. Is there more to the story??

  23. It’s gotta be tough to be a Patriot team member, every single time you step out on the field, it’s the opponents Super Bowl for that season… Think about it, there’s no other team that plays 19 SB’s a season… Not including the preseason SB’s…

  24. twomadmapper says:
    August 17, 2017 at 1:56 pm
    It’s gotta be tough to be a Patriot team member, every single time you step out on the field, it’s the opponents Super Bowl for that season… Think about it, there’s no other team that plays 19 SB’s a season… Not including the preseason SB’s…

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    Hence why Spygate and Deflategate exist in the first place. Silver spooned and entitled owners and GMs hate to admit that, so they use Goodell to cheat from the competition committee or apparently via orchestrated framejobs.

  25. doylemcmuffin says:
    August 17, 2017 at 11:25 am
    Patriot fans mysteriously silent on this one huh?
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    read the article again, then try and find yourself a life outside trolling.

  26. daddeeo says:
    August 17, 2017 at 11:26 am
    Defense is looking like the issue for this year. Undefeated? Don’t count on it.
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    You must follow the Patriots really closely. Oh no, the Patriots draft pick that wasn’t likely to get much playing time till next year is injured, 2017 is over.

  27. doylemcmuffin says:
    August 17, 2017 at 11:25 am
    Patriot fans mysteriously silent on this one huh?

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    Sorry, didn’t realize you were waiting for that. So two rookies are banged up huh? I guess my comment would be that i think they might be holding training camp.

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