Missing three of the first five weeks of the season with a hamstring injury, linebacker Keith Rivers returned to the field last week in San Francisco. He worked his way back in, recorded a tackle, and his team came out with a big win. But now he’s ready for more this week against Washington.
It comes at a good time with Jacquian Williams not participating in practice this week with a knee injury.
“I think I’ll see a little bit of an increased role coming off the hamstring,” said Rivers, who has nine tackles in three games, including seven in the season opener. “Hopefully those are behind me and continue to move forward. And hopefully I can just compete and contribute however the coaches see fit.”
And as accurate as quarterback Robert Griffin III is (he leads the NFL with a 70.2 completion percentage), the Giants could also use Rivers’ speed against the No. 2 rushing offense, led by running back Alfred Morris.
“They suck you up with the run,” Rivers said. “When you’re thinking ‘run, run, run,’ they bomb you deep or they’re hitting low routes over the middle. He’s definitely done an awesome job for them, and he’s been unexpected. But we know about him and we’re excited for that challenge that he brings as well.”
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