The New York Giants could use all the help they could get on the defensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, it does not appear promising that linebacker Keith Rivers will be available as the Giants go on the road to take on the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football.
The offseason acquisition missed much of the Giants’ season opener against the Dallas Cowboys and did not play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday due to a lingering hamstring injury he suffered in Week 1.
Rivers was a key contributor on defense as a starter at the weakside linebacker position, recording seven tackles in limited play before getting injured. His presence was one of few bright spots on defense for the Giants in their 24-17 loss to the Cowboys. The Giants could have used him in their Week 2 come-from-behind victory against the Buccaneers, but were able to overcome an early deficit given up by poor defense and baffling turnovers.
As of now, the outlook is not promising that Rivers will be ready for such a quick turnaround. While head coach Tom Coughlin did give info on injured cornerback Prince Amukamara, Rivers’ well-being went unaddressed and he was listed as “limited” today, which could be an indication of no progress.
Prince Amukamara and Keith Rivers listed as limited. #nyg
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) September 17, 2012
With starter Michael Boley in the lineup, the loss would not be a dramatic one, but Boley is still battling with a hamstring injury of his own.
Rivers’ status could improve in the next few days, but he has a short amount of time to get ready for Thursday night’s game. We’ll keep you posted as updates become available.