Reports: Former YSU standout may miss rookie season with Patriots

The former Youngstown State University Penguin went down during a kickoff drill during practice

YSU's Derek Rivers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A former Youngstown State University football standout received some bad news on Friday afternoon.

It is feared that former Penguin Derek Rivers will miss his entire rookie season with a major knee injury.

This news developed Friday morning, and ESPN reports that the injury occurred Wednesday when Rivers’ New England Patriots had a joint practice with the Houston Texans. Rivers went down during a kickoff drill during practice and then returned to Boston for tests on his left knee.

According to reports from the NFL Network, he underwent an MRI, which revealed a torn ACL and sprained LCL. If surgery is needed, Rivers would be done for the season.

He’s expected to get a second opinion.

Rivers was selected 83rd overall by New England in April’s draft.


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