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What losing DE Derek Rivers to a torn ACL means for the Patriots

During Wednesday's joint practice with the Houston Texans, New England Patriots defensive edge Derek Rivers suffered an apparent knee injury on a kick coverage drill.

However, while the team has depth at the position it is either inexperienced or dealing with injuries of its own: Deatrich Wise Jr. suffered a concussion, Kony Ealy is struggling with inconsistency.

New England still has almost $14.1 million in salary cap space, which gives the team plenty of resources to bring one of the remaining free agent edge defenders on board.

Our very own Rich Hill did a great breakdown of five potential options to help the Patriots fill the void created by Rivers' injury: Paul Kruger, Dwight Freeny, Eugene Sims, Mario Williams and Jared Odrick.

Due to his draft status, athletic upside and potential as a rotational defensive end, Rivers was a lock to make the Patriots' 53-man roster.

READ MORE (Pats Pulpit)

  • Patriots notebook: Rookie DE Derek Rivers tears ACL, according to sourceBoston Herald
  • How Patriots Can Fill Void At Defensive End Following Derek Rivers'
  • Patriots Talk: Derek Rivers Out For The Season With ACLTrifecta Network
  • Patriots: Rookie edge rusher Derek Rivers out for season with knee injuryWorcester Telegram
  • Derek Rivers Injury Leaves Patriots Thinner On the Edge, Options? (blog)
  • Patriots rookie Derek Rivers likely out for seasonMy Fox Boston
  • Former YSU star Rivers likely to miss 2017Youngstown Vindicator
  • PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK: Rivers' run as a rookie may be overThe Patriot Ledger
  • Injuries: Patriots rookie DE Derek Rivers tears

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What losing DE Derek Rivers to a torn ACL means for the Patriots


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