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Barquell Rivers undergoes successful surgery

Virginia Tech linebacker Barquell Rivers on Thursday underwent successful surgery to repair a torn left quadriceps tendon and was expected to miss five to six months.

Rivers, who tore the tendon during max-out weightlifting testing on Wednesday, is questionable for the start of practice in the August but is expected to make a full recovery. He will be unavailable for spring practices, which begin on March 31.

"Knowing Barquell Rivers, with his toughness and raw strength, we are confident he will have a successful rehab over the summer and will be back to help us in the 2010 season," trainer Mike Goforth said in a statement.

Rivers's absence from spring practices will slow the Hokies' development at a position where they need stability, with a defense that will be losing six starters from the 2009 season. Virginia Tech will especially miss linebacker Cody Grimm, its leading tackler and a leader in 2009 before graduating in December, and now has a handful of raw athletes left among the corps of linebackers.

Rivers, a rising junior, had 96 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, in his first year as a starter this past season.

By Mark Viera  |  March 5, 2010; 9:40 AM ET
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