Keith Rivers LB BUF 2 Months

The Bills' website believes LB Keith Rivers is "locked into a starting role."

Rivers is expected to start at strong side linebacker, opposite Kiko Alonso. He should open the season in a two-down role, and is unlikely to play in any sub-packages. Ty Powell and third-round LB Preston Brown are candidates for snaps in Buffalo's nickel defense.

Keith Rivers LB BUF 5 Months

Bills signed LB Keith Rivers to a two-year, $5 million contract.

Keith Rivers LB BUF Mar 14 '13

Giants re-signed LB Keith Rivers.

The ninth overall pick in the 2008 draft, Rivers has been a borderline-complete bust in the pros. Turning 27 in May, Rivers made six starts last season and racked up six special teams tackles. He'll battle for a roster spot in camp.

Keith Rivers LB BUF Nov 19 '12

Giants LB Keith Rivers was involved in a car accident during New York's Week 11 bye.

"He had a car accident last week," coach Tom Coughlin said. "He is being evaluated. He bruised a knee. We hope that is all it is." Rivers has failed to crack the Giants' starting lineup this season. He sounds doubtful for Week 12.

Keith Rivers LB BUF Oct 28 '12

Giants LB Keith Rivers was forced from New York's Week 8 game against the Cowboys with a strained calf, and will not return.

The reserve linebacker departed late in the fourth quarter. Rivers missed time earlier this season with a hamstring injury.

Keith Rivers LB BUF Sep 20 '12

Giants LB Keith Rivers left Thursday night's game with a hamstring injury and is questionable to return.

Rivers was limited in practice this week with a balky hamstring. The reserve linebacker re-aggravated the injury while covering a first quarter kickoff.

Keith Rivers LB BUF May 31 '12

The Giants currently view LB Keith Rivers as a versatile reserve capable of playing both weak-side and middle linebacker.

Rivers is currently working behind WLB Michael Boley, and DC Perry Fewell says "at some point in time, he'll play some Mike linebacker for us as we continue in our OTAs." It's possible Rivers could eventually push current first-team MLB Chase Blackburn. Boley and Mathias Kiwanuka are locked in as outside starters.

Keith Rivers LB BUF May 06 '12

The National Football Post reports that bad blood between LB Keith Rivers and the Bengals organization contributed to him eventually being traded to the Giants.

Rivers had wrist surgery near the end of last offseason's lockout. At that time, it was expected that he'd land on the PUP list to start the 2012 season, which meant he could've collected his paycheck. Instead, the Bengals placed him on the non-football injury list because they felt he should've had the surgery earlier in the offseason. Rivers filed a grievance, which inevitably left to hard feelings. Rivers was traded to the Giants for a fifth-round pick in April.

Keith Rivers LB BUF Apr 16 '12

Recently acquired Giants WLB Keith Rivers will make $1.25 million in 2012.

Rivers also had the final year of his rookie deal (2013) voided. It's a nearly $1 million cut from his originally scheduled $2.16 million, and a sign he might not be locked into a starting job after missing all of 2011 with a wrist injury. With WLB Michael Boley tentatively expected to shift to the middle, however, Rivers remains the favorite to start on the weak-side.

Keith Rivers LB BUF Apr 11 '12

Giants acquired WLB Keith Rivers from the Bengals in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft.

It's the last pick in the fifth round, so it's as close as you can possibly get to the sixth. Rivers developed a bit of a "soft" reputation in as the former No. 9 overall pick in the draft with Cincinnati, but he was not averse to playing through injuries and is a quality run defender when healthy. Look for Michael Boley to start at middle linebacker for the Giants. Rivers should handle the weak-side duties, with Mathias Kiwanuka on the strong side.