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Injury update: Patriots rookie EDGE Derek Rivers suffers apparent knee injury; EDGE Kony Ealy hurt, but returns

The Patriots rookie pass rusher was injured on special teams.

The New England Patriots are already shorted-handed on the defensive edge, but they’ve taken another apparent hit to their ranks. Third round pick Derek Rives apparently suffered a left leg or knee injury while working on kickoff coverage, per multiple reports.

Rivers was expected to play a lot of snaps as a rookie after the retirement of veteran Rob Ninkovich, so this could be a big loss for the team if the injury is serious. Rivers joins fellow rookie EDGE Deatrich Wise on the sideline as Wise suffered a head injury in the first preseason game.

Rivers had a solid debut where he generated a solid amount of pressure against the Jaguars first unit offense and was improving every week.

The Patriots current healthy pass rusher depth chart consists of Trey Flowers, Kony Ealy, Geneo Grissom, Caleb Kidder, and recent signing Keionta Davis. The team cannot afford any more injuries at the position.

We’ll provide more updates on Rivers when they become available.

EDIT: Update from BSJ’s Greg Bedard. Apparently Ealy just suffered a shoulder injury, but remains on the sideline.

EDIT2: Ealy has returned to practice.