UPDATED 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23:
Per league sources, it is being reported that Green Bay Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji has a torn bicep. However, just how serious it is will determine Raji’s future. If it’s partial, recovery could be 3-6 weeks. If it’s complete, it could be six months, which means season-ending.
Just confirmed Raji tore his biceps from a league source. Fear is it’s season-ending.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) August 23, 2014
If it is torn bicep for B.J. Raji, what kind of tear will be crucial. Recovery from partial tear typically 3-6 weeks. Full tear 4-6 months.
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) August 23, 2014
From earlier this morning:
Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji went out of last night’s preseason game against the Oakland Raiders with an arm injury that 10 hours ago was being minimized by all reports in the media. This morning things seem different, at least by the tone of one tweet sent out by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport:
That rather vague tweet by Rapoport was followed by this ominous sounding tweet:
If true, this would be devastating news for the Packers. With the planned backup to Raji being Letroy Guion – a free agent signing this past offseason who hasn’t played a single snap this training camp – the players the Packers would have to look to would be Josh Boyd or undrafted rookie Mike Pennel. Head Coach Mike McCarthy was cautiously optimistic last night after the game, saying that he was told by medical staff that they didn’t think Raji’s injury was serious. That thinking obviously must have changed overnight if Rapoport’s source is credible. Raji, who was having a tremendous camp to date for the Packers, is playing on a single-year contract he signed to come back to the Packers for 2014. While he turned down an $8 million per-year contract offer last season to play out his contract and test free agency, his disappointing 2013 season saw his value drop significantly. He is playing this year for his future. This injury, if serious, could jeopardize that. He is expected to undergo tests today. Stay tuned …