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.
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 he is expected to be ready for training camp.
Rivers originally tore his ACL last August and subsequently spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. It isn't clear what sort of involvement he's expected to have 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.
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 ESPN.com 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.
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