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B.J. Raji gets hurt on first defensive play

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There are a lot of teams that don’t play their starters at all in the fourth preseason game and we got a reminder why early in the Chiefs-Packers game.

Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji got his left ankle rolled up at the end of Kansas City’s first offensive play, a run to the right side by Peyton Hillis. Raji was able to walk off the field and went directly to the bench where he was last seen icing the area of the injury. We’ll keep an eye out for updates on his condition, although nothing from the scene suggests Raji was seriously injured. He will not return to the game.

The Packers had several other defensive starters on the field at the start of the first Chiefs possession, but wound up pulling Clay Matthews a few plays after Raji left the game. The Chiefs went with their starting offense, although they needn’t have bothered with wide receivers on the first possession. They ran the ball on nine straight plays before Ryan Succop missed a field goal.

Green Bay’s starting offense is playing as well, although coach Mike McCarthy handed play calling duties to offensive coordinator Tom Clements for the night.

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7 Responses to “B.J. Raji gets hurt on first defensive play”
  1. srcnsd says: Aug 30, 2012 7:48 PM

    So instead of leaning against offensive linemen lazily, he can now lean against the bench!

  2. grabgrabgrab says: Aug 30, 2012 7:55 PM

    Note to Packers:

    Remove all starters NOW please!!!

  3. thehatefulnerd says: Aug 30, 2012 8:33 PM

    Graham Harrell’s lighting it up.

  4. chi01town says: Aug 30, 2012 8:49 PM

    HOW STUPID CAN A COACH BE…..
    The Packers are WEAK as it is an now the players are droping like flies left an right. an the first two games are the 49ers an Chicago… They will be 0/2 to start the season

  5. funktron2x says: Aug 30, 2012 8:51 PM

    Sorry, what? I totally missed the starting O playing well. When did that happen?

  6. photoguy13 says: Aug 30, 2012 11:14 PM

    Looks like a lower ankle sprain. Starting O and D looked very flat, but Harrell torched the Chiefs.

  7. bordner says: Aug 31, 2012 12:04 AM

    bears fans are funny – they need to worry less about the Packers, who they’ll be looking up at all year long and worry more about the vikings overtaking them for 3rd place in the division.

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