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.

101 responses to “Report: B.J. Raji has torn bicep

  1. 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.

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

    Not paying you enough, fat boy?

  3. 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”?!

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. .
    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.
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  8. 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.

  9. 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 !!!!

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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.
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    When did you win a Lombardi? Never! The team you root for did!

  17. 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.

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

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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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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?”

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. gbfanforever says:
    Aug 23, 2014 2:26 PM
    Not a huge loss after they resign Pickett. He’s essentially the same player
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    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.

  29. 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.
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    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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. “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.

  36. 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..

  37. 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.
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    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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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…

  42. 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.

  43. 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?

  44. 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
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    Because the Packers have the fewest players on HGH?

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

  46. 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!

  47. 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.,

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

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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…..

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