Rivers (back) is active for Sunday's game against the 49ers. The 26-year-old missed Week 6 while on the COVID-19 list and was questionable for Sunday with the back issue, but he's good to go against San Francisco. Rivers should play his usual reserve role in New England's linebacker rotations.
Rivers (back) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the 49ers. Rivers was unable to play Week 6 because he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and he's been cleared of the illness. However, the fourth-year linebacker popped up on the injury report Thursday, and his status is now in question. Rivers still practiced every day this week, so he's on the right track. If he can't go, however, Shilique Calhoun would get a bump in usage behind starters Chase Winovich and John Simon.
Rivers was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Patriots on Wednesday, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports. The Youngstown State product was placed on the list because he either tested positive for the virus or came into close contact with someone who did. Now gaining official clearance, Rivers is expected to assume his usual rotational role at outside linebacker for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
The Patriots placed Rivers on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Rivers won't be eligible to return to the lineup until he passes the NFL's COVID-19 protocols. The linebacker out of Youngstown State was a backup when he was healthy, but now Shilique Calhoun is set for extra snaps behind starters Chase Winovich and John Simon.
Rivers (knee) enters his contract year in dire need of a healthy season, Andy Hart of WEEI Sports Radio reports. The 2017 third-round pick appeared in six games in 2018, but he otherwise hasn't seen the field for the Patriots and missed 2019 with a knee injury. Rivers could earn an expanded role if he can stay healthy following the offseason departures of Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Elandon Roberts, but his injury issues to this point make him difficult to rely on.
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