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  • Derek Rivers: Goes to practice squad IR

    Indianapolis placed Rivers (biceps) on its practice squad injured list Friday. The move means Rivers will have to wait until 2024, at the earliest, to get another chance to suit up. He hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since 2021, when he recorded nine tackles (seven solo), including a sack, over five games with Houston.
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  • Texans' Derek Rivers: Hurts bicep in preseason win

    Rivers suffered a biceps injury in the Texans' preseason finale against the 49ers,Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports. The defensive end injured his bicep in Houston's 17-0 victory but Rivers believes the injury isn't serious and he should be good moving forward. The former 2017 third-round pick could see a depth role with the Texans once again this season after he recovers from his injury.
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  • Texans' Derek Rivers: Activated off COVID list

    Rivers (illness) was activated from the Texans' reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Rivers will now be available for Sunday's matchup with the 49ers. Barring any setbacks, he should resume his role providing depth at defensive end.
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  • Texans' Derek Rivers: Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

    Rivers (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. Rivers did test positive for COVID on Monday, Aaron Wilson of Houston Sports Talk 790 AM reports. With fellow defensive lineman Jacob Martin and Jonathan Greenard also on the COVID list, the Texans could need to reach to the bottom of their defensive line depth chart to compete Sunday against the Chargers.
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  • Patriots' Derek Rivers: Gains medical clearance

    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.
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  • Patriots' Derek Rivers: Shifts to COVID-19 list

    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.
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  • Patriots' Derek Rivers: Placed on IR

    The Patriots placed Rivers (undisclosed) on injured reserve Saturday. Rivers spent last season on IR due to a torn ACL. It remains to be seen what sort of injury the 2017 third-round pick is currently managing.
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  • Patriots' Derek Rivers: Spotted at OTAs

    Rivers (knee) participated in the first day of the Patriots' OTAs on Monday, Zack Cox of reports. The exact level of participation from Rivers is still unknown, but it's a good sign in his recovery from a torn ACL that he is out there for the first day of activities. Rivers spent all of last season on injured reserve but is expected to be ready for training camp.
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  • Patriots' Derek Rivers: Tears ACL

    Rivers suffered a torn ACL and a sprained LCL in Wednesday's practice, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Rivers suffered the injuries covering a kickoff in Wednesday's practice. The rookie defensive end will seek a second opinion before committing to surgery, but it looks as though his season is over.
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  • Patriots' Derek Rivers: Picked by Patriots

    The Patriots selected Rivers in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 83rd overall. Rivers (6-foot-4, 248 pounds) looks like a steal for the Patriots. He was highly productive at Youngstown State, and his athletic profile strongly implies future success as an NFL pass rusher. He ran a 4.61-second 40 at the Combine, adding a 35-inch vertical, 123-inch broad jump, and 6.94-second three-cone drill. If he receives defensive end classification in IDP leagues, he could emerge as a productive fantasy option surprisingly early in his career.
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