AJ Spirito – Pats Militia
The Patriots had to wait till the third round to draft defensive end Derek Rivers and now they’ll have to wait another year to see him play again.
The third round pick from Youngstown State injured himself in a joint practice with the Houston Texans on Wednesday during kickoff drills. After the injury Rivers was sent back to Boston to be further tested and the word is that he has a torn ACL and sprained LCL according to multiple sources.
This a tough blow to a team that is already thin on the defensive edge after the retirement of Rob Ninkovich at the start of training camp.
Rivers will get a second opinion to see if he needs surgery but it’s pretty certain the rookie will miss the 2017 season.
The Youngstown State defensive end racked up 41 total sacks during his college career and 14 of them came last fall in his senior year. New England was hoping that he would be a consistent contributor to their pass rush at some point this season but that will have to wait until 2018.
This news could put the Pats in a spot to bring in a veteran pass rusher to beef up their defensive front before the start of the season. Dwight Freeney and Mario Williams are two guys that come to mind who are both free agents and the Patriots know them very well. We’ll just have to wait and see what Belichick’s next move is.
#Patriots 3rd rd pick DE Derek Rivers tore his ACL & sprained his LCL, per the initial MRI. 2nd opinion coming to confirm surgery is needed.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 18, 2017