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Report: B.J. Raji has torn bicep

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The Packers’ defensive line has suffered a setback.

Nose tackle B.J. Raji suffered a torn bicep in Friday’s exhibition vs. Oakland, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.  The injury is thought to be potentially “season-ending,” Silverstein reported Saturday.

The Packers’ first-round pick in 2009, the 28-year-old Raji has been a starter along the Green Bay defensive line the last five seasons. Veteran Letroy Guion and rookie Mike Pennel are listed as the top backups at nose tackle.

Earlier Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported it was suspected Raji had suffered a biceps tear. And now, it appears those concerns were well-placed. The focus now turns to the severity of Raji’s injury. If there’s a chance he could again play this season, placing him on injured reserve with a designation to return would be a possibility.

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101 Responses to “Report: B.J. Raji has torn bicep”
  1. jayniner says: Aug 23, 2014 1:56 PM

    Show me what you got, what you got Raji……Ra Ra Ra Ra Ra Raji

  2. slbasegame257 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:00 PM

    Letroy Guion hasn’t practiced yet. Packers have no depth at nose tackle.

  3. smitty113 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:01 PM

    And a bottom 5 defense falls to last.

  4. jermainewiggins says: Aug 23, 2014 2:02 PM

    Tough blow for them and for raji who is in a one year “prove it” type deal. This team never seems to be able to escape the injury bug in the recent years.injuries suck but as a vikes fan i hope he doesn’t need surgery and returns this season.

  5. derekgorgonstar says: Aug 23, 2014 2:04 PM

    Ken Norton played a whole season with this, why can’t Raji?

    Not paying you enough, fat boy?

  6. detdominance says: Aug 23, 2014 2:05 PM

    Tough blow for the Packers. Get better soon, Raji. Your absence makes it too easy for the Lions to dominate

  7. seacolt213 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:05 PM

    Beast Mode up the middle week one!

  8. uncommon1 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:07 PM

    No doubt that the Packas are a better team with Raji, but he is not the type player that can’t be replaced. Average player, next man up.

  9. jmc8888 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:08 PM

    Wow that’s a big blow potentially.

    I have seen players play through a torn bicep, but it’s pretty rare. Adrian Wilson did it.

  10. buckybadger says: Aug 23, 2014 2:12 PM

    That looks like a very old picture of Raji.

  11. axx1 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:14 PM

    Raji should ask for a diacount double check on his bicep

  12. ktm300xcwe says: Aug 23, 2014 2:18 PM

    Big blow to an already shaky defense.

  13. bert1913 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:18 PM

    The seahawks will start the season 1-0

  14. sterling7 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:18 PM

    Let’s get this packer/Minnesota Viking adversary war underway in time for the regular season (as if the Viking Nation needs inspiration against the pack) “I didn’t know B.J. Raji had a bicep”?!

  15. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 23, 2014 2:19 PM

    I think Packer fans overdo the “next man up” thing, but in this case it works. Letroy Guion is probably better than Raji anyway. What would the Packers do without the Vikings’ leftovers?

  16. turbo2728 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:19 PM

    Damn, if he’s back it won’t be until December at least.

    Gerald McCoy did this in consecutive seasons and it hasn’t had a long term effect on him. Let’s hope it’s the same deal for Raji.

  17. peopletrains says: Aug 23, 2014 2:20 PM

    Raji is more or less ordinary and still living off of fumes of the above average season from a few years ago. This is not that huge of a loss.

  18. axespray says: Aug 23, 2014 2:21 PM

    Lot of classy comments here – just asking to have your teams suffer the same injuries that our team has had to go through.

  19. webehighrollin says: Aug 23, 2014 2:22 PM

    Seattle’s gotta be the luckiest team I’ve seen in a loooong time…

  20. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Aug 23, 2014 2:26 PM

    Whats the difference, Raji hasn’t had a sack or a tackle for a loss in what….5 years?

  21. gbfanforever says: Aug 23, 2014 2:26 PM

    Not a huge loss after they resign Pickett. He’s essentially the same player

  22. 6ball says: Aug 23, 2014 2:29 PM

    .
    There’s a shortage of productive NT’s throughout the league. After the Patriots lost Vince Wilfork early last season, he was never adequately replaced.

    Next man up is a great saying, but seldom does the replacement player outperform the starter.
    .

  23. deljzc says: Aug 23, 2014 2:32 PM

    The Steelers will likely not go into the season with Cam Thomas, Fangupo and rookie McCullers on the roster (in addition to starter McLendon).

    Easy to find NT’s cut off rosters during the next two weeks.

  24. themagicfanguy says: Aug 23, 2014 2:39 PM

    Actually Boyd is listed as the primary backup.

  25. igocommando says: Aug 23, 2014 2:39 PM

    Rather than make classes and tasteless comment like so many packer trolls made when Linval Joseph was hurt, I’ll just wish BJ a speedy recovery.

  26. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 23, 2014 2:39 PM

    BJ Raji = Super Bowl Champion
    Vikings = zero championships EVER!
    SKOLOL!

  27. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 23, 2014 2:39 PM

    I’m shocked, a GB injury. This team should try a little bit of conditioning.

  28. godofware says: Aug 23, 2014 2:39 PM

    Time to call up Ryan Pickett

  29. flyinghighphil says: Aug 23, 2014 2:42 PM

    Hey axe spray quit your crying will ya? Damn packer fans act like your the only team that has injuries. EVERY team goes through itwe just don’t cry as much as packer fans do.suck it up a d realize your a mediocre team at best. Good offense / crap defense you might win your division. But you’ll be 1 and done in he playoffs again. Just like every year. can’t compete with the big boys in the NFC WEST can you !!!!

  30. seabrawk12 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:42 PM

    Wishing Raji the best in his recovery. A torn bicep has to be one of the most painful injuries that you can have. On the plus side he may come back later in the season with one of those cyborg looking arm harnesses like Ray Lewis had a couple years ago. Best of luck – From a 12

  31. raymondtx says: Aug 23, 2014 2:48 PM

    NFL players play the most violent sport, and yet have the fewest guarantees. Greedy NFL owners should not have it so good.

  32. bonnovi says: Aug 23, 2014 2:49 PM

    I don’t want to sound cruel, considering his injury. But Raji is rather overrated.

  33. 12hawksfan1976 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:51 PM

    There should be a Rule that Vikings fans cannot comment on PFT until they win a Lombardi. Which means never, of course.

  34. jimeverettsrevenge says: Aug 23, 2014 2:52 PM

    Discount double-aaahhhh…..

  35. thereyougo2 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:55 PM

    When are the packers going to stop the bush league event of jumping into the stands after each score at home ? All that patting of the player making the jump is soooo passé . Come into the 21st century Green Bay.

  36. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 23, 2014 3:03 PM

    Boyd had the extra playing time and did fine.

    For all these allegation of a former viking being there, no former viking has been seen at practice so that rumor will be gone in the cuts with the camp bodies that actually played.

    The Packers always seem to adjust to these circumstances well. One more youngster will make the roster and get coached up to being a good player.

  37. ptisme says: Aug 23, 2014 3:04 PM

    espn just reports his season is over…. We’ll beat the Seahawks without him…

  38. backdapack4evr says: Aug 23, 2014 3:04 PM

    Actually, when the players jump into the stands it is a way for them to share the excitment with the ones paying the bills!!
    I love the un-selfishness of the whole idea.
    Better than knocking the goal post out of plumb…

  39. ptisme says: Aug 23, 2014 3:06 PM

    Regarding the comments of BJ being over-rated: This year he was put back at the Nose Tackle where he can rush that passer rather than just taking on double teams. He came into camp in excellent condition (in a contract year) and was nearly un-blockable at times. Big things were expected of him this year…

  40. stellarperformance says: Aug 23, 2014 3:08 PM

    Rookie Mike Pennel is the next man up. The Packers will be fine. Anybody who thinks otherwise is afraid of the Packers and relies on Packer injuries to keep their hopes alive. They know it. We know it.

  41. hansenbrothers says: Aug 23, 2014 3:09 PM

    Somebody call Ryan Pickett

  42. theycallmeyango says: Aug 23, 2014 3:12 PM

    Dont worry thereyougo2 I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before the NFL bans or penalizes that too. God forbid anyone celebrates anything in this league

  43. filthymcfunny1 says: Aug 23, 2014 3:12 PM

    They already have a nose tackle on the roster Eddie lacy!

  44. bordner says: Aug 23, 2014 3:13 PM

    And so it begins…

    Look for the vikings to offer him a lucrative FA contract in the off-season.

  45. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Aug 23, 2014 3:15 PM

    12hawksfan1976 says:
    Aug 23, 2014 2:51 PM
    There should be a Rule that Vikings fans cannot comment on PFT until they win a Lombardi. Which means never, of course.
    =====
    When did you win a Lombardi? Never! The team you root for did!

  46. dirtyhelmet says: Aug 23, 2014 3:20 PM

    I wonder if maybe doing some yoga or pilates might have helped him avoid this injury. Maybe they can hire Richard Simmons to help Rodgers and company with their “conditioning”. I think Rodgers is in need of a new “personal assistant” anyway.

  47. sportsfan18 says: Aug 23, 2014 3:23 PM

    smitty113 says:
    Aug 23, 2014 2:01 PM
    And a bottom 5 defense falls to last.

    74 59
    Report comment

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    you obviously haven’t paid attention to the Cowboys defense the past couple of seasons…

    The Cowboys will still have the last ranked D in the league this season too…

  48. officialgame says: Aug 23, 2014 3:23 PM

    That hurts.

  49. jermainewiggins says: Aug 23, 2014 3:30 PM

    12hawksfan1976 says:

    There should be a Rule that Vikings fans cannot comment on PFT until they win a Lombardi. Which means never, of course.

    Oh so you mean do what seattle fans do and wait till the local team is very good, then jump on the bandwagin after they win their FIRST championship and claim them as your favorite team for years.

  50. ripwarrior says: Aug 23, 2014 3:39 PM

    Hate to say this but even it is his one arm it is called a torn biceps. It’s plural.

  51. honalulublue says: Aug 23, 2014 3:40 PM

    Injuries like these are the single biggest downers about divisional play for me. They leave too many what ifs!

    As a Lion fan, get it straight soon big guy.

  52. revelation123 says: Aug 23, 2014 3:41 PM

    The Packers are lucky that they’re able to call up Ryan Pickett; he did this for them last year. The Packers Defense is stacked with talent this year.

  53. greengoldandbold says: Aug 23, 2014 3:45 PM

    Apparently it’s a serious tear. Had it been a partial tear, yes you could strap him up and play but it takes away from his effectiveness.
    Ted will find a suitable replacement. We have a nice chunk of cap money left and that doesn’t include the veteran cuts which will add more $$$. I’ll bet Ted is on the phone with John Schneider in Seattle as we speak. They have a surplus of DT.

  54. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 23, 2014 3:45 PM

    Hate the injury. Will make the Hawk beat down even worse.

  55. leatherface2012 says: Aug 23, 2014 3:48 PM

    1 of about 18 injuries by week 4…do they have a conditioning coach? and for those saying just plug the next guy in….what happens when you run out of “next guys?”

  56. codythao35 says: Aug 23, 2014 3:49 PM

    BJ bust!!!!!

  57. usdcoyotesfan says: Aug 23, 2014 3:50 PM

    As a Packer fan, I say it’s time to fire this training staff. To lead the league in players placed on IR 3 out of 4 years and 4 of the past 6? Inexcusable.

  58. kilofox2014 says: Aug 23, 2014 3:54 PM

    Looks like another Viking castoff to help the staggering Packers.

  59. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 23, 2014 3:55 PM

    The 13 World Champion Green Bay Packers are well versed in overcoming injury adversity to win division titles and Lomardi Trophies. And I have no doubt that this situation will be any different.

    After all, it’s the Green Bay Packers.

    Better football for better people.

  60. Jeff says: Aug 23, 2014 4:02 PM

    Waive/injured him like they did Lyerla if he clears fine if not oh well that is another roster spot for a active player!

    Pennel is a beast and will do as good if not better than Raji anyways so everyone freaking out for no reason.

  61. deltaoracle says: Aug 23, 2014 4:07 PM

    Let’s be realistic. This hurts the team. Pennel has looked much better than expected and Gray can maybe play in the middle a little, but they’re rookies. Pickett could come back but at his age and with no training camp he’s not going to be able to play a lot. The middle of the front seven was going to be the weak spot in the defense before this happened and it’s a big flashing neon sign now. Real downer both for the team and for Raji, who was hoping to show he can be a big money NT.
    Everyone who wants to fire the training staff please tell me what you do to prevent torn muscles and ligaments. There’s no magic pill.

  62. dirtyhelmet says: Aug 23, 2014 4:09 PM

    Maybe Jolly could give him something to ease the pain?

  63. ariani1985 says: Aug 23, 2014 4:14 PM

    And nothing of value will be lost

  64. joker65 says: Aug 23, 2014 4:19 PM

    That fat boy has a bicep?

  65. tooz72 says: Aug 23, 2014 4:20 PM

    That’s what you get when you play the mighty Oakland raiders

  66. pervyspankspackfans says: Aug 23, 2014 4:23 PM

    Tough break. A pathetic,horrible and underachieving defense just got worse…

  67. joker65 says: Aug 23, 2014 4:25 PM

    gbfanforever says:
    Aug 23, 2014 2:26 PM
    Not a huge loss after they resign Pickett. He’s essentially the same player
    __________________________________
    So what you are essentially saying is that your starting DT was the same as a guy who wasn’t on anybody’s roster. Thats got to be encouraging.

  68. joker65 says: Aug 23, 2014 4:27 PM

    axespray says:
    Aug 23, 2014 2:21 PM
    Lot of classy comments here – just asking to have your teams suffer the same injuries that our team has had to go through.
    ___________________________________
    Yup. Because no other teams ever suffer injuries. Wow, Packer fans are crybabys. The excuses are already flying for why they will suck on defense.

  69. carpi2 says: Aug 23, 2014 4:27 PM

    If it’s a distal tear, it’s season ending. Proximal tears can be worked around

  70. Ferdinand says: Aug 23, 2014 4:42 PM

    Now is when you miss Evan Dietrich-Smith who seemed to play every line position there was at one time or other.

    — And for those thumbing down @jayniner’s comment — he’s quoting from Raji’s commercial and it was a great moment.

  71. deltaoracle says: Aug 23, 2014 4:53 PM

    Uhhhhmm… EDS was an Offensive Center; don’t think they were going to use him as a Nose Tackle.
    Unless maybe Dan Devine is back; he took an All-Pro OG in Gale Gillingham and tried to make him a DT. A real “What was I drinkin’ ” moment.

  72. banky74 says: Aug 23, 2014 4:53 PM

    Pack fans, this is a serious question and not an attempt at giving you guys a hard time.

    I’d like to hear a genuine assessment from Pack fans as to why this team has so many problems with injuries year after year. I’ll be honest, I have no idea nor do I have any theories.

    Just curious to get the opinions of Packer fans on this because we’re long past the point of this being coincidence.

  73. cribbage12 says: Aug 23, 2014 5:05 PM

    filthymcfunny1 says:
    Aug 23, 2014 3:12 PM
    They already have a nose tackle on the roster Eddie lacy!

    Filthy are you one of those guys/girls that thinks he’s funny but even your girl/boyfriend roll their eyes when you turn away?
    Live up to your UserID!

    BJ, heal quickly. You’ll be missed but the door is open for Boyd/Pennel to step in. A setback but the Pack will overcome.

  74. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 23, 2014 5:07 PM

    banky74, my genuine assessment is that the diet of cheese curds, ring-dings and McD’s that the players are on, and their fans, has finally taken its toll.

  75. lionsdraftguy says: Aug 23, 2014 5:22 PM

    Its okay, the Packers still have all the refs on their side. Theyll be just fine.

  76. 12hawksfan1976 says: Aug 23, 2014 5:36 PM

    “jermainewiggins says: Aug 23, 2014 3:30 PM

    Oh so you mean do what seattle fans do and wait till the local team is very good, then jump on the bandwagin after they win their FIRST championship and claim them as your favorite team for years.”

    I’ve been a Seahawks fan since I was 9 years old in 1976, little boy. But you make baseless, fact-free assumptions that all Seahawks fans are “bandwagon.” Then-Seahawks GM Mike McCormick retired the #12 in 1984 in honor of their rabid fan base. 30 years ago.

    You need new material. “Bandwagon” is so tired.

  77. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 23, 2014 5:43 PM

    Evan Dietrich Smith played OL.

  78. stellarperformance says: Aug 23, 2014 5:44 PM

    Q: Why are the Packers snakebitten with injuries?

    A: Parity.

  79. purpleguy says: Aug 23, 2014 5:46 PM

    Don’t like seeing season ending injuries to any NFL player, even Packers. It will be interesting to see how this impacts his free agency — may have to do another one year prove it contract..

  80. greej1938l says: Aug 23, 2014 5:52 PM

    Sucks he went down….next guy up! Let’s go! Go pack!

  81. usdcoyotesfan says: Aug 23, 2014 6:03 PM

    banky74 says: Aug 23, 2014 4:53 PM

    Pack fans, this is a serious question and not an attempt at giving you guys a hard time.

    I’d like to hear a genuine assessment from Pack fans as to why this team has so many problems with injuries year after year. I’ll be honest, I have no idea nor do I have any theories.

    Just curious to get the opinions of Packer fans on this because we’re long past the point of this being coincidence.
    ———————————————————-
    IMO, when you lead the league in players placed on IR 4 times in 6 seasons, it boils down to an incompetent strength and conditioning staff.

    Last year was the final straw for me. It’s past time to fire those clowns. There is absolutely no accountability in that department, just like the defensive coaching staff.

  82. nopepper123 says: Aug 23, 2014 6:12 PM

    Not sure if he was around the play, but didn’t Jones Drew just walk up the middle for his touchdown yesterday? I’m sure BJ was in there on that play somewhere. “Next Man Up” actually, “Any Man Up” might work.

  83. 15412pack says: Aug 23, 2014 6:39 PM

    Gilbert Brown once played a whole season with this injury, but that is insane when your job is to hold off multiple blockers…

    Fingers crossed. He is the only real big on the roster. Hope Ryan Pickett is in shape somewhere.

  84. nrns77 says: Aug 23, 2014 6:43 PM

    I love all the idiots implying that a torn bicep is a result of poor conditioning. This injury often occurs when reaching out for a tackle and getting your arm dragged badly. Has nothing to do with conditioning or stretching, idiots.

  85. purpleppleeaters says: Aug 23, 2014 6:46 PM

    And so ends a Packer career.
    Fair enough. BJ will undoubtedly be featured in a GOOD defense, next year.
    Good luck, BJ.

  86. packers13xchamps says: Aug 23, 2014 7:21 PM

    While it doesnt help to lose Raji, anyone that knows anything about the Packer defense knows he only plays about 25% of the time in their base 3-4. They can sign Ryan Pickett very easily if they feel the need to to fill that spot…but really, its not as big a blow as say losing Aaron Rodgers would be…

  87. tomebs says: Aug 23, 2014 8:02 PM

    Call up Pickett for league minimum and scout the final cuts for a nose tackle. Raji is not an all-star so I’m not that worried.

  88. leatherface2012 says: Aug 23, 2014 8:10 PM

    tokyofilthblaster says:
    Aug 23, 2014 3:55 PM
    The 13 World Champion Green Bay Packers are well versed in overcoming injury adversity to win division titles and Lomardi Trophies. And I have no doubt that this situation will be any different.

    After all, it’s the Green Bay Packers.

    Better football for better people.

    right…..like between 1968 and 1995 right?

  89. atthemurph says: Aug 23, 2014 9:14 PM

    banky74 says:
    Aug 23, 2014 4:53 PM
    Pack fans, this is a serious question and not an attempt at giving you guys a hard time.

    I’d like to hear a genuine assessment from Pack fans as to why this team has so many problems with injuries year after year. I’ll be honest, I have no idea nor do I have any theories.

    Just curious to get the opinions of Packer fans on this
    ————————————————————
    Because the Packers have the fewest players on HGH?

  90. rajbais says: Aug 23, 2014 9:46 PM

    Bring back johnny jolly or Ryan Pickett??

  91. trapshoot says: Aug 23, 2014 10:01 PM

    It definitely hurts ‘em. Ted should bite the bullet and bring back Jolly or Picket – if they’re in shape.

  92. mnvikingsfan says: Aug 23, 2014 10:04 PM

    When (not if) Karen Rodgers goes down, the consecutive losses will begin for the Slackers.

    Their defense already leaks like a poorly tightened nut on an oil pan, their offense is one play away from dropping to the high 20’s regarding overall production.

    Thankfully I’m a fan of an up and coming team, not one that is a steady free fall.

    I bleed purple and gold til I’m dead and cold!

  93. immafubared says: Aug 23, 2014 11:38 PM

    Raji did the pack a favor. Now they can put someone in their who actually an play football. Please. The guy had one good year out of four. This being 4.
    10 sacks in four seasons for a first round pick?
    The Pack should dump him.,

  94. chicagocane says: Aug 24, 2014 6:47 AM

    in the spirit of the Simpsons marathon…I quote the legendary words of the bully, Nelson.

    “Ha Ha!”

  95. ariani1985 says: Aug 24, 2014 11:42 AM

    Too early for me to post my packer bust list?

  96. stellarperformance says: Aug 24, 2014 12:26 PM

    No, go ahead. Everyone ignores it anyway. And why not….the Packers still own the Vikings, but you know that.

  97. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 24, 2014 3:19 PM

    This isn’t as big a loss as it would have been several years ago. The Packers are getting away from the 3-4 base set. They employed it only like 250 times out of 1,000 snaps last year. Boyd and Pennel can handle it just fine.

  98. usdcoyotesfan says: Aug 24, 2014 3:44 PM

    Due to Viking fans ignoring the fact that it was the doctors’ decision to keep Rodgers out for so long last year and not his own, I don’t want to hear anything about an injured Peterson not being cleared by the doctors to play, even if that is actually the case.

  99. sonofad says: Aug 24, 2014 4:31 PM

    The regal grace of Packer fans never ceases to amaze me, and it’s no wonder that they consistently rank #1 in the NFL.

    And then there are the degenerate Viking fans…..

  100. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 25, 2014 12:27 AM

    Just read this. Oh crud. Best to him and his family. GO PACK!!!

    >

  101. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 26, 2014 12:48 AM

    Still can’t believe this… crud and a half!!! ugh

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