Four months after signing with the Cowboys, veteran linebacker Keith Rivers has announced his retirement.
Rivers, who played with three different teams over the last four seasons, managed just 16 tackles in 12 games for Buffalo in 2014. Several injuries derailed his career after he had been selected in the first round by Cincinnati in 2008.
The Cowboys announced the signing of linebacker Keith Rivers on Thursday.
The contract is a one-year deal. Rivers appeared in 12 games for the Bills during the 2014 season and totaled 16 tackles.
The Cowboys signed linebacker Keith Rivers to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum Wednesday, DallasCowboys.com reports.
Rivers, 28, played three seasons with the Bengals after being selected ninth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft before missing the 2011 season with an injury. He went on to play for the Giants and the Bills, but spent just one year in Buffalo, making the Cowboys his third team in three seasons. He started a career-low three games during his one season with the Bills in 2014.
The Bills announced the release of linebacker Keith Rivers on Tuesday.
By releasing Rivers, the Bills will save $1.7 million against the salary cap, reports ESPN.com. Rivers played in 12 games during the 2014 season and registered 16 tackles. During his seven-year career, he totaled 291 tackles and three sacks.
Several Bills skill position players are active for Week 4's matchup with the Texans after being listed as probable to play, including quarterback EJ Manuel (abdomen), running back C.J. Spiller (chest) and wide receivers Sammy Watkins (ribs) and Robert Woods (ankle).
Defensive backs Ron Brooks (illness) and Da'Norris Searcy (ankle) are also active after being listed as probable on the final injury report. Linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) is active after being listed as doubtful to play. The linebacker has been sidelined since Week 1.
Linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) headlines the Bills' inactive list for Week 3 against the Chargers. Joining him on the sidelines are linebacker Randell Johnson, defensive back Ross Cockrell, tight end Chris Gragg, running back Bryce Brown, and offensive linemen Cyril Richardson and Cyrus Kouandjio.
Bills linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) is inactive for Week 3 against the Chargers, as he continues to deal with a groin injury. Rivers missed Week 2's game as a result of the same injury, and he is joined on the sidelines by fellow linebacker Randell Johnson (knee).
Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been deemed probable by the Bills for the Sunday game against San Diego. He has practiced in full all week with a rib injury.
Also probable are defensive tackle Stefan Charles (hip), tight end Lee Smith (toe), guard Chris Williams (back) and wide receiver Robert Woods (ankle).
Linebacker Randell Johnson (knee) and safety Jonathan Meeks (neck) have been ruled out while linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) has been deemed doubtful.
The Bills seven-player inactive list for Week 2 is as follows: defensive backs Ross Cockrell and Jonathan Meeks, running back Bryce Brown, linebacker Keith Rivers, tight end Lee Smith, and offensive linemen Cyril Richardson and Cyrus Kouandijo.
Bills defensive backs Aaron Williams (head) and Stephon Gilmore (groin) were able to play through their injuries Sunday against the Dolphins, but other members of the defense weren't so lucky.
Linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) and defensive back Jonathan Meeks (neck) were both inactive for Week 2 with their injuries.
Among the four Bills defenders on the injury report for Week 2 against the Dolphins, only two are expected to take the field.
Defensive backs Aaron Williams (head) and Stephon Gilmore (groin) are both probable for Sunday's game, while Jonathan Meeks (neck) is doubtful with after being limited through the week. Linebacker Keith Rivers has been ruled out after failing to practice throughout the week with a groin injury.
The Bills provided updates on the status of two injured defenders Monday, though they could not provide much in the way of details. Linebacker Keith Rivers, who left Sunday's game against the Bears with a groin injury), and defensive back Stephon Gilmore, who missed the game with a groin injury, are both considered day to day at this point. The team will have more information on their availability for Week 2 against the Dolphins on Wednesday's team practice.
Bills linebacker Keith Rivers suffered a groin injury Sunday and will not return to his team's game against the Bears, the team announced. Rivers had three-and-a-half tackles before coming out of the game.
Despite a successful first season in the middle of the Bills defense, Kiko Alonso won't play there in 2014. That's according to Bills GM Doug Whaley, who said on WGR 550 AM that Alonso will move to weak-side linebacker in 2014 with new linebacker Keith Rivers playing at the strong side.
So who will man the middle? The Bills are hosting free-agent candidates but Whaley seems to think that "guys on campus" will get a crack at it first. Ty Powell was someone Whaley named specifically.
As for linebacker Manny Lawson, Whaley said he'd like to see him become a "hybrid" player, which ESPN believes is code for a diminishing role.
Free agent linebacker Keith Rivers won't have to move far to get to his new home, as the former Giant signed a two-year contract with the Bills Wednesday, according to The Buffalo News. The deal will pay Rivers $5 million over two years, with half of the money guaranteed.
Rivers played in all 16 games for the first time in his career a year ago, but struggled to make much of an impact. He finished with 45 tackles and one sack in his second season with the Giants.
The Giants released their depth chart Wednesday for the season opener against Cowboys. On defense, the starting linebacker corps consists of Keith Rivers (SLB), Dan Connor (MLB) and Spencer Paysinger (WLB).
Mark Herzlich is listed as the backup to Connor and Jacquian Williams is the backup to Paysinger.
The Giants have signed linebacker Keith Rivers to a one-year deal.