GREEN BAY – B.J. Raji’s season is over.
The Green Bay Packers veteran nose tackle, who was having what coach Mike McCarthy believed to be the best camp of his career, tore the biceps muscle in his right arm during Friday night’s preseason victory over Oakland.
McCarthy said Raji would undergo surgery to repair the biceps in “the near future.” Raji was not in the Packers’ locker room after practice during the time reporters were allowed inside.
When asked if Raji might be a candidate for being placed on injured reserve with the designation for possible return, McCarthy replied simply, “I would say no.”
Raji, who re-signed with the Packers on a one-year, $4 million prove-it deal that contained incentives that could have driven the value up to $6.5 million, will be a free agent after the season.
With Raji out, second-year man Josh Boyd worked with the No. 1 defense during Sunday’s closed practice. Undrafted rookie free agent Mike Pennel and veteran Letroy Guion, who is currently on the non-football injury list with a hamstring injury, are also options at nose tackle.
Raji attended Sunday’s practice and after having his right arm in a sling initially, he removed the sling while watching the remainder of the 1-hour, 40-minute session.
“When I heard the news, it was a shocking thing,” Boyd said. “But for him to still be there and talking to us, words can’t describe how much I appreciate him doing that and how much I appreciate him still helping me.”
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