If the Green Bay Packers are going to repeat as NFC North Division champions, they’re going to have to do it without nose tackle B.J. Raji.
The Packers haven’t made any official announcement but a source indicates that Raji did suffer the injury early in Friday night’s 31-21 win over the Oakland Raiders in exhibition play. NFL.com initially reported Raji was believed to have torn his biceps.
The Packers re-signed Raji in the off-season for one-year at $4 million. Prior to last night’s injury, Raji had been having a very good training camp, getting back into the swing of things at the nose after playing end a lot last season.
In the short-term, the Packers look to second-year nose tackle Josh Boyd, free-agent Letroy Guion and undrafted rookie Mike Pennel, who has had a good training camp, pushing for a spot on the roster.
Guion has missed the entire training camp with a hamstring injury and was projected to open the season on the P.U.P. list. Raji’s injury could however force the Packers to bring Guion along sooner.
Veteran Ryan Pickett is still available as well. He turns 35 in October and said he still wants to play and would love to come back to Green Bay.