|National Football League|
|Aug. 18, 2017 7:18 AM PT8:18 AM MT9:18 AM CT10:18 AM ET14:18 GMT22:18 7:18 AM MST9:18 AM EST9:18 AM CT18:18 UAE10:18 ETNaN:� - Patriots defensive end Derek Rivers' rookie season may be over due to a knee injury.
Analysis: The Patriots fear they have lost their top pick (third round, 83rd overall) in the draft for the entire season, league sources told ESPN on Friday. Rivers was injured on a kickoff coverage drill Wednesday in a joint practice with the Texans. Rivers, who was projected to be part of a rotation at defensive end, played 41 snaps in last Thursday night's preseason opener against the Jaguars. He had 41 sacks at Youngstown State, including 14 as a senior.