GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers are in need of nose tackle help after learning Saturday that veteran nose tackle B.J. Raji suffered a torn right biceps during Friday night’s preseason game against Oakland.
Raji, who was having a resurgent training camp after signing a one-year, $4 million prove-it deal this offseason, could miss the rest of the season. An NFL source confirmed multiple reports Saturday morning that the Packers were afraid Raji had torn his biceps, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein reported, citing a league source, that the Raji’s biceps is indeed torn. That could be a season-ending injury, depending on if the biceps is completely torn or only partially torn.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter later reported that an NFL source told him that the injury is indeed season-ending.
If that turned out to not be the case, the Packers would have the option of keeping Raji on the 53-man roster following the Aug. 30 final roster reduction to 53 players, then placing him on injured reserve with the designation for possible return. Teams are only allowed to designate one player that way, however.
Raji left the game after two series Friday night, his last play being a 1-yard Darren McFadden run. He did not appear to be in pain at the end of that play, and the Packers went to their dime defense on the ensuing third-down play. When the defense returned to the field for the next series, Josh Boyd was at nose tackle in Raji’s place.
Raji stayed on the sidelines and appeared to have a black neoprene sleeve on his arm while watching the game. He was not wearing the sleeve during the time he was in the game.
The Packers’ options behind Raji, as of now, are Boyd and undrafted rookie free agent Mike Pennel, who has been one of the pleasant surprises of camp. Veteran Letroy Guion, signed as a free agent this spring after being cut by Minnesota, has yet to see action because of a hamstring injury sustained before training camp. He remains on the non-football injury list.
Former Packers nose tackle Ryan Pickett, who was not re-signed as a free agent, would be available, but ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky reported that Pickett is nowhere near the top of the team’s emergency board.
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