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New York Giants’ Keith Rivers Suffers Knee Injury in Bye Week Car Accident

November 19th, 2012 at 1:42 PM
By Dan Benton

When the New York Giants returned to practice on Monday, linebacker Keith Rivers was noticeably absent. Not only was he not on the field with his teammates, he wasn't even at the facility. As it turns out, that's because he was having his knee evaluated after suffering an injury to it during a bye week car accident in California.

Head coach Tom Coughlin said he "hoped" Rivers had only suffered a knee bruise as a result of the accident, but wouldn't know for sure until tests came back.

As has been the case for Rivers' entire professional career, he once again finds himself plagued by fluke and untimely injuries. After missing the last several games due to a lingering hamstring injury, the veteran linebacker was hoping for a healthy return in week 12.

On the positive injury front, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, running back Ahmad Bradshaw, safety Kenny Phillips and offensive lineman Chris Snee all participated in at least a portion of practice this morning. Wide receiver Domenik Hixon (ankle) and linebacker Jacquian Williams did not.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon


Tags: Football, Keith Rivers, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

62 Responses to “New York Giants’ Keith Rivers Suffers Knee Injury in Bye Week Car Accident”

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  1. Geez.

    Well, he was still worth a 5th rounder…

  2.  Krow says:

    Next he’ll be bitten by a shark while surfing.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      Surfing? This guy could be bitten by a shark while watching Jaws from his living room. I can’t believe we’ve got this two-legged curse on the squad.

      Can’t Osi call in a witch doctor to drive spells out of this guy or something?

  3.  kinsho says:

    Here’s hoping he’s all right enough to play out the season.

  4.  kinsho says:

    Anyway, I went to Delaware this weekend to gamble on football and I saw that they had odds on who’ll win the Super Bowl this year. The Giants’ odds were 6 to 1. The only team with better odds were the Falcons, at 5 to 1. Kind of makes me feel better.

    Still doesn’t mean that the Packers will give us one he11 of a fight come next Sunday. We can’t sleep on them.

  5.  Krow says:

    News Flash … Keith Rivers injured by frozen turd accidentally flushed from a passing 747.

  6.  BLU-82 says:

    Yeah, this dude has pissed off at least two or three deities.

    Anyway, I still think it was a worthwile trade. Even if he never plays another meaningful snap for the team, he was probably less of a gamble than an actual pick with much higher upside.

    •  Levito says:

      It’s not like the 5th round pick would ever see the field anyway. So essentially it’s the same thing.

      •  G-MenFan says:

        We just lost a key D-Lineman for the year, rookie who was a 7th round pick.
        Jaquain Williams made a play last year as a rookie that got us into the Super Bowl. He was a 6th round pick. As was Tyler Sash, who played STs all year as a rook.

        We only get 7. Every pick is valuable. I’m not saying it wasn’t worth the gamble–I firmly believe it was. But you never know who will make it onto the field and who won’t in a draft class.

        •  BLU-82 says:

          Not saying you can’t strike gold with a late rounder, not by a long shot. But Keith Rivers was a known quantity with known, first round caliber, talent who just couldn’t stay healthy.

          I’m not saying we don’t draft the next Arian Foster/ Tom Brady/Jay Ratliff (Insert late round superstar) if we make a pick there. I am saying it’s probably less of a gamble for a guy like Rivers with a known upside. For the 45 seconds he’s been on the field this year, he’s looked terrific. If he could ever string together three consecutive days without being considered a candidate for emergency amputation, we’d be singing JR’s praises.

          •  BLU-82 says:

            It’s all of the risk of a 5th+ round pick but with definite 1st round talent, which imo is very useful.

        •  Levito says:

          G-MenFan, my comment was more sarcasm related to the fact that our rookies don’t see the field often. Not a talent issue, just a coaching decision. Like the decision that Wilson never gets more than 1 carry a game.

  7.  Levito says:

    Not sure you can call any injury to Rivers a fluke at this point. It seems like it’s more of a fluke when he doesn’t get injured for a week.

    On a related note, I wonder if the coaching staff has actually liked what they’ve seen of him when he’s been able to play/practice. I doubt he’ll be getting any contract offers from other teams in the offseason, so if he’s actually got anything in the tank, the Giants may be able to retain him on the cheap next season.

  8.  BigBlueGiant says:

    I was crucified on this board when we took a chance on this kid. Called him injury prone and he just doesn’t stay healthy enough to be worth even a 5th rounder. Now, i admit, when on the field he’s good. But he seems to break with the blow of the wind.

    Now this is just bad luck. Not really his fault getting injured in a car accident.

    Anyway, i’ve said time and time again. There are some guys who just get hurt more than others and yes, are injury prone. He’s one of them.

    Bengals don’t seem to miss him on the defensive side of the ball…. Thanks to you know who, Demo.

  9.  GOAT56 says:

    With rivers and williams probably out it looks like Brown will still have a key role. Playing GB, I expect him to play a lot this Sunday even assuming KP is back. Hosley will also play a key role.

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    Eli Manning says arm has more “pop” after bye week

    Eli Manning said Monday he came out of the bye week with more “pop” in his arm, insisting his arm wasn’t weaker before the break.

    At the same time, he couldn’t deny the rest did him some good.

    “It was coming out where I wanted it to,” Manning said, via Tom Rock of Newsday. “I think it definitely had a little bit more pop to it. That’s something, you take a week off and you definitely get a little bit more fire. It was coming out good.”

    As he’s gone through a bit of a slump, Manning denied he had a “tired arm” while going through a four-pick, no touchdown span over the last three games.

    “I didn’t think there was anything to it,” he said Monday. “In practices I thought I was throwing the ball well. I felt no fatigue. Obviously in the course of a season you may not realize it, but today, arm felt good.”

    Asked for his assesment, Giants coach Tom Coughlin used the single word: “Sharp.”

    We’ll see if it holds up down the stretch, and Manning returns to the late-season and postseason form he’s displayed in the past.

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