Deja Vu again: Sources: Raji out for season with torn bicep : Packers Insider

Deja Vu again: Sources: Raji out for season with torn bicep

August 23, 2014 by  
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By Brian E Murphy, senior editor

~In the “What else is new” category, the Packers apparently have lost another key player for the year before the regular season even arrived.

BJ Raji leaves the game against Indianapolis back in Oct 7, 2012, a game in which Cedric Benson’s season and career also ended. Last night, Raji’s bicep popped.

2009 first round pick B.J. Raji suffered a torn bicep last night against the Oakland Raiders. Last year, it was 2010 first round pick Bryan Bulaga who suffered a season-ending ACL injury before the season arrived.

Of course, 2011 first round pick Derek Sherrod suffered that devastating, gruesome broken leg his rookie season, and he is still trying to fully make it back from that.

Then you have 2012 first round pick Nick Perry, who two years in now has missed about as many games as he’s played, due to an assortment of injuries. And 2012 All-Rookie CB Casey Hayward missed almost the whole season last year with the torn hamstring.

2013 first round pick Datone Jones was hobbled all year long from an injured foot in the opening game vs San Francisco, although he never had to go on season-ending IR like all the others.

This year’s first round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix better take notice.

The Packers were expecting big things from Raji this year.
He had hoped to cash in big in the off-season as his rookie contract had expired, but he received little to no interest on the open market, and he and his agent elected to take a one-year “prove-it” deal and the Packers agreed to move him back to NT from DE, with hopes his quickness would allow him to return to being the disruptive guy that he was in 2009 & 2010.

As evidence shows, Raji is a difference-maker, and his loss will be felt. Since it’s so early, it’s good and bad. The good: It’s early enough that no cuts have been made and the Packers can cut accordingly. The bad: It’s so early, the Packers depth will be tested as there surely will be more injuries once the season actually begins. More guys will go down. It would have been nice to at least make it to the regular season week one before losing a key guy for the year. Once again, that’s not the case in Green Bay.

It might not be a fatal loss as losing Rodgers, Matthews, or Peppers might be. But it will hurt.
Exactly ‘how much’ remains to be seen.


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