Green Bay, WI, United States (4E Sports) – The Green Bay Packers will play the season without nose tackle B.J. Raji, who suffered a torn right biceps in Friday’s preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, according to a league source.
Raji, who recently signed a one-year, $4 million deal in the offseason, is the first starter the Packers have lost to an injury this preseason.
They had three players sustain season-ending knee injuries — receiver Jared Abbrederis, offensive lineman Don Barclay and tight end Colt Lyerla — but all were backups.
Upon his return to the Packers, who drafted him ninth overall in 2009, Raji moved back to nose tackle — his position in his best seasons (2009 and 2010) — and was having a productive training camp.
Raji’s level of play slipped the last three seasons while playing defensive end after the Packers moved Ryan Pickett to the nose.
The Packers chose not to re-sign the 34-year-old Pickett, whose contract expired in March.
The Packers now have the option of re-signing Pickett or defensive lineman Johnny Jolly or use either second-year pro Josh Boyd and undrafted rookie Mike Pennel to replace Raji.
They also signed former Minnesota Vikings backup Letroy Guion in the offseason as a backup nose tackle, but he has yet to practice because of a hamstring injury.