Linebacker Keith Rivers, currently of the Cincinnati Bengals, was once the ninth overall pick in the draft in 2008, but injuries have slowed a promising career. Today, rumors are swirling that Rivers may be dealt to the New York Giants.
Just a few weeks ago, the Philadelphia Eagles traded a 4th round selection (and swapped 3rd rounders) for Houston Texans linebacker Demeco Ryans, who had played a full season coming off of an Achilles injury in 2010.
Rivers missed all of 2011 with a wrist injury and a large portion of 2008 with a broken jaw. The jaw is not a big deal, but Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Inquirer recently described Rivers wrist injury as degenerative.
"I have not been able to locate answer to: how did Rivers get hurt?>Degenerative wrist condition, not one thing"
This could prevent Rivers, who is set to make $2.15 million this coming season, from passing a physical.
At his salary and for his price tag (less than Ryans in all likelihood) he would be a massive bargain for New York. But is he healthy enough?
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