The first road trip of New England Patriots rookie defensive end Derek Rivers’ has been cut short.
According to multiple reports on Wednesday, August 15, the New England Patriots rookie defensive end Derek River was sent home from White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia, after suffering a blatant knee/leg injury during Wednesday’s joint practice session with the Houston Texans.
The Patriots offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle, who was injured during the first of two joint practices on Tuesday, August, also caught an early flight back to Foxboro, Massachusetts.
CSNNE’s Mike Giardi was the first to report Rivers’ and Waddle’s untimely departures from The Greenbrier resort, the Houston Texans’ training camp facility. Both professional football players will undergo MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) upon returning to New England, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
Both Derek Rivers and LaAdrian Waddle are flying back to Boston tonight for further medical evaluation.
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) August 16, 2017
MRIs to be conducted in Boston https://t.co/athraoOBSP
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) August 17, 2017
Defensive end Derek Rivers was the New England Patriots’ top selection (83rd overall pick) in the 2017 NFL Draft back in April and had shown significant improvement in training camp practices. The New England were “optimistic” that Rivers’ injury is not that serious.
Waddle, meanwhile, is looking to lock a spot in the Patriots’ 53-man roster after playing just one offensive snap in the previous season. LaAdrian — a fifth-year professional NFL player — is competing with the likes of Cameron Fleming and rookies Tony Garcia, Conor McDermott, Cole Croston and Max Rich for a second-stringer backup job behind starting tackles Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon. The New England Patriots are slated to hold a team walkthrough at The Greenbrier on Wednesday before traveling to Houston for their exhibition game against the Texans on Saturday night, August 19.