Updates from Thursday, Sept. 18
Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin reported on BJ Raji's surgery:
B.J. Raji had surgery and is told recovery will be 6-9 months. Said the tendon popped off and had to be reattached. #Packers— Paul Imig (@Paulimig) September 18, 2014
Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press Gazette-has more from Raji:
B.J. Raji on his recovery: "We’re almost certain that I’ll be able to be back at 100 percent."— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) September 18, 2014
Raji wants to return to GB, but he doesn't know: "It’s obviously crossed my mind, potentially I could be seeing my last games at Lambeau."— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) September 18, 2014
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides comments from Raji, who talks about his recovery:
Said Raji: "The tendon popped off so he had to anchor it down, suture it up. Let it scar around the area, then I can begin the rehab process— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) September 18, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 23
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Raji is out for the season:
Packers NT B.J. Raji is out for the season, as many suspected, with a torn bicep.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 23, 2014
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has more bad news on Packers defensive tackle BJ Raji:
Just confirmed Raji tore his biceps from a league source. Fear is it's season-ending.— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) August 23, 2014
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport has an update on Raji's status:
#Packers DT BJ Raji has tests today on his upper arm he injured last night. He was optimistic last night. But not a lot of optimism now.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 23, 2014
#Packers DT BJ Raji, playing on a one-year deal, had drawn rave reviews in camp back at his natural NT position. Now it's all in doubt.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 23, 2014
The belief is that #Packers NT BJ Raji tore his bicep last night, sources say. Tests will show whether it's fully or partially torn.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 23, 2014
B.J. Raji's comeback bid is on hold, as the Green Bay Packers nose tackle suffered an arm injury Friday in his team's preseason Week 3 contest against the Oakland Raiders.
CBS Sports reported the news:
B.J. Raji done for the night in Green Bay with a right arm injury.— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) August 23, 2014
Coach Mike McCarthy provided an update on Raji's status, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN:
"He's pretty confident about it," McCarthy said after the Packers’ 31-21 victory.
But even McCarthy did not sound sure.
Raji is scheduled to undergo more tests on Saturday.
"That's why you do the tests," McCarthy said. "We'll see what the tests say tomorrow."
Perhaps no player on the defensive side of the football in Green Bay is under more pressure than Raji entering the 2014 campaign. Just one season ago, he ranked as the No. 45 overall 3-4 defensive end in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required)—on a list that graded 45 players.
After the team brought him back on a one-year deal this offseason, coach Mike McCarthy noted that the staff would move Raji around in an attempt to get him back to form, as captured by Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com:
Raji's best year as a pro came in 2010 when he notched 6.5 sacks, production the staff would love to see again. At 28 years old, the former Boston College star is surely hungry to do the same in what is now his second consecutive audition for a lucrative contract.
With Raji out of the picture for the time being, undrafted free agent Mike Pennel will get a shot to further his case for a roster spot this preseason, as will Letroy Guion.
If Raji's absence extends to when games begin to matter, expect the front office to bring in some more talent, as the line is quite thin without its starter in the middle.
Statistics courtesy of ESPN.