B.J. Raji believed to have torn biceps for Packers
Around the League writer
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said following Friday night's 31-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders that nose tackle B.J. Raji was "pretty confident" about the injury he suffered during the contest.
However, that confidence is quickly dissipating.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the belief is that Raji tore his right biceps, according to two people briefed on the injury. Tests will show whether it is a full or partial tear.
The extent of the injury will determine the rehab time.
A torn biceps recently cost 49ers nose tackle Glenn Dorsey his season. On the brighter side, a slight tear might only keep Raji out for the start of the season -- on an even brighter (perhaps unrealistic) side, Terrelle Suggs famously played with a torn biceps in 2012.
Raji signed a one-year, prove-it deal with the Packers in the offseason. He has drawn raves at Packers camp for his play after sliding back to nose tackle. Losing the space-eating Raji for any time is a blow for a defense that has designs on turning around under Dom Capers after several lackluster seasons.
If he's done for the year that blow becomes even bigger.