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Keith Rivers | Linebacker | #56

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 235
College: USC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (9) / CIN
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Ex-Bengals and Giants LB Keith Rivers is retiring after seven years in the NFL.
Rivers was on the Cowboys' 90-man roster. The No. 9 overall pick of the 2008 draft by the Bengals, Rivers had started just 17 games since the end of the 2010 season. He missed all of 2011 with a wrist injury, and broke his jaw as a rookie. Rivers played 192 ineffective snaps for the Bills last season. Thu, Jul 30, 2015 01:33:00 PM
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The Dallas Morning News doesn’t expect LB Keith Rivers to make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster.

Rivers struggled for playing time in Buffalo last year, getting just 192 snaps. He's nothing more than a veteran flier in Dallas. With Rolando McClain at middle linebacker and Sean Lee on the weak side, Anthony Hitchens and Kyle Wilber will battle for the Cowboys' strong-side linebacker position.
Wed, May 6, 2015 06:37:00 PM

Cowboys signed LB Keith Rivers to a one-year, $825,000 deal.

Rivers was limited to 12 games (three starts) for Buffalo last year, playing just 192 snaps. He'll provide depth with Bruce Carter, Rolando McClain, and Justin Durant all free agents. Rivers turns 29 this offseason.
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 07:01:00 PM

Bills released WLB Keith Rivers.

The move frees up $1.7 million in cap space. A poor fit for new coach Rex Ryan's scheme, Rivers was a disappointment in 2013, playing just 192 snaps as the Bills tried to make up for the loss of Kiko Alonso. Going on 29, Rivers has started only 17 games over the past three seasons.
Tue, Feb 17, 2015 03:35:00 PM

The Bills could save $1.7 million against the 2015 cap by cutting WLB Keith Rivers.

Rivers was expected to have a large role after Kiko Alonso went down to a torn ACL last summer, but he only managed 192 defensive snaps. With Alonso set to return, Rivers is a good bet to be cut this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Feb 7, 2015 12:29:00 PM

Bills WLB Keith Rivers (groin) is expected to miss two games.

Rivers is the Bills' new weak-side linebacker after Kiko Alonso was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Nigel Bradham is back from suspension to man WILL.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 08:58:00 AM

Bills LB Keith Rivers was forced from Sunday's Week 1 game against the Bears with a groin injury.

The Bills have ruled him out for the rest of the game. Ty Powell has replaced Rivers on the weak-side.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 03:23:00 PM

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

Rivers is expected to start on the strong side with Buffalo moving to a 4-3, opposite WLB Kiko Alonso. He should be limited to a two-down role and is unlikely to play on passing downs. Buffalo may wind up using just one linebacker (Alonso) as a true three-down player. MLB Brandon Spikes is a two-down thumper.
Sat, Jun 28, 2014 05:43:00 PM

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

Rivers started eight games for the Giants last season, grading out 18th among 35 qualifying 4-3 outside linebackers in Pro Football Focus' ratings. The signing is another signal that Jim Schwartz will be installing a 4-3 scheme in Buffalo.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 06:36:00 PM

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.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 02:50:00 PM

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.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 02:27:00 PM

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.
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 07:30:00 PM

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.
Thu, Sep 20, 2012 09:06:00 PM

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.
Thu, May 31, 2012 11:08:00 AM

The National Football Post reports that bad blood between LB Keith Rivers and the Bengals' organization contributed to his eventual trade to the Giants.

Rivers had wrist surgery near the end of the 2011 lockout. At that time, it was expected that he'd open the season on PUP, meaning he still could collect his paycheck. Instead, the Bengals placed him on the non-football injury list because they felt Rivers should've had the surgery earlier in the offseason. Rivers filed a grievance, which inevitably led to hard feelings. Rivers was traded to the Giants for a fifth-round pick in April.
Sun, May 6, 2012 12:34:00 PM

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