Virginia Tech's Rivers has successful surgery

Virginia Tech starting linebacker Barquell Rivers had successful surgery Thursday to repair his left quadriceps tendon, and is expected to miss five to six months, the school announced.

“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,” head athletic trainer Mike Goforth said in a prepared statement.

Goforth said Rivers will miss spring practices, and is questionable for the start of fall practice in August, but is expected to make a full recovery. Rivers had 96 tackles, including 6.5 for a loss, and a fumble recovery in his first year as a starter this past season.