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March 16, 2021 04:44 PM
Texans' Derek Rivers: Signed by Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivers agreed to a contract with the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

GM Nick Caserio is familiar with Rivers from their days with the Patriots, and he's bringing New England's 2017 third-round pick to Houston. Rivers finished last season with the Rams after being cut by New England. He has 2.5 sacks in 19 career NFL games.

November 29, 2020 12:48 AM
Rams' Derek Rivers: Moves to active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivers was added to the Rams' active roster Saturday.

The 26-year-old was claimed off waivers by the Rams at the start of the week, but he was on the exempt list while clearing the COVID-19 protocols. Rivers will be able to make his debut with Los Angeles versus San Francisco on Sunday.

November 23, 2020 07:04 PM
Rams' Derek Rivers: Claimed by Rams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivers was claimed off waivers by the Rams on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The 26-year-old was waived by the Patriots on Saturday and won't be able to play Monday against the Buccaneers, but he should officially join the Rams' active roster later this week. Rivers appeared in eight games for New England this season and totaled four tackles and 1.5 sacks in 86 defensive snaps.

November 21, 2020 11:24 AM
Derek Rivers: Let go by Pats
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivers was waived by the Patriots on Saturday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Rivers has played a limited role for the Patriots this season. He accumulated four tackles (one solo) and 1.5 sacks across eight games. Assuming he clears waivers, it is possible he reverts back to the team's practice squad.

October 25, 2020 03:56 PM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: All set for Week 7
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 24, 2020 01:36 AM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Questionable for Sunday's matchup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 22, 2020 09:52 AM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Gains medical clearance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 17, 2020 08:12 PM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Shifts to COVID-19 list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 23, 2020 09:40 PM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Entering contract year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 10, 2020 05:16 PM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Making progress through injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivers is rehabbing his knee injury at the Patriots' facility, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

Rivers has missed two of the last three seasons due to knee injuries, but he's aiming toward a return to action in 2020. The 2017 third-round pick has six NFL games under his belt, and he's recorded two tackles and a sack. If Kyle Van Noy doesn't re-sign in New England, Rivers could be in line for increased duties once healthy.

September 5, 2019 04:52 PM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Placed on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 24, 2018 06:24 PM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Full participant at OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivers (knee) practiced without limitation during OTAs, Andy Hart of the Patriots' official site reports.

Rivers, the Patriots' third-round pick in 2017, spent the year on Injured Reserve due to a torn ACL. He's been rehabbing for the past several months and says that he's now back without limitation. He'll look to stay healthy and be a contributor for the defense in 2018.

May 22, 2018 01:28 PM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Spotted at OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 12, 2018 11:36 AM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Remains on track
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivers (knee) continues to progress in his recovery from a torn ACL and is expected to be "brought along cautiously" during the Patriots' offseason program, Mike Reiss of reports.

Rivers originally tore his ACL last August and subsequently spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. It isn't clear how involved he'll be in training camp later this summer, but as long as he remains setback-free in his recovery, his chances of being ready for Week 1 seem promising.

February 17, 2018 05:24 PM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Expected back for training camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

There hasn't been any indication that Rivers (knee) has experienced any snags in his recovery from August surgery to repair a torn ACL, putting him on track to enter the 2018 season at full strength, Mike Reiss of reports.

With Rivers, a 2017 third-round pick, having more than a calendar year to recover from a serious knee injury, it appears promising that he won't face many restrictions in training camp or the preseason. Given New England's need to add young athletes to the front seven, Rivers could carve out a decent-sized role in the team's defensive-line rotation next season.

August 18, 2017 12:08 PM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Tears ACL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 18, 2017 07:28 PM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Season-ending injury suspected
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Patriots believe that Rivers has suffered a season-ending knee injury, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Rivers left Wednesday's practice early favoring his left leg and reportedly remained on the ground for a couple of minutes in serious pain. While the team was originally optimistic following early tests, it appears as though subsequent evaluation revealed the severity of the injury. It's a disappointing start to the rookie's NFL career, as he now appears destined to spend his first season on injured reserve.

August 16, 2017 04:40 PM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Injures leg, leaves practice early
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivers injured his left leg while covering a kickoff Wednesday, The Boston Herald reports.

Rivers remained on the ground for a couple of minutes and appeared to be in significant pain. Early tests on his knee and the back of his leg were favorable, however, and Rivers was able to leave the field under his own power and with no visible limp. Further tests will be conducted to confirm the precise nature and severity of his injury, but the Patriots are optimistic that he avoided a significant setback.

April 29, 2017 05:00 AM
Patriots' Derek Rivers: Picked by Patriots
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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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Total1907 4.03 2.500-00

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Augusta, ME
Youngstown State
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