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Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji has torn biceps, out for rest of season

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Nose tackle B.J. Raji tore his biceps in the Green Bay Packers' exhibition win over the Oakland Raiders and will miss the entire season, a league source said Saturday.

The Packers have not said anything publicly about Raji's future but the source indicated the tear appears significant.

Raji left the Packers' 31-21 win in the first quarter and did not return and the sixth-year veteran had a massive ice bag wrapped around his right biceps afterward.

It'd be a big loss for the Packers, who re-signed Raji in the offseason on a one-year, $4 million deal.

Moving on, replacements on the roster include second-year nose tackle Josh Boyd, free-agent signing Letroy Guion and promising undrafted rookie Mike Pennel.

The Packers signed Guion in the off-season for this exact predicament, yet haven't had a chance to see Guion play in pads yet. He's been out all of training camp with a hamstring injury. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers has said he's eager to see the former Minnesota Viking on the field.

"Letroy was impressive in the OTAs because he's a 320-pound guy that can move," Capers said earlier in camp. "He has long arms. So, obviously we're anxious to see him get back in the mix of things, because we felt very good about seeing him and what he did through the OTAs."

Guion figured to be a candidate for the physically unable to perform list to start the regular season. Now, maybe the Packers try to work him back sooner.

Boyd was the one who took Raji's place in Saturday's 31-21 win. An inactive much of his rookie season, Boyd played only 14 snaps his first 11 games. Playing mostly the 5 and 3 techniques, he earned snaps into December.

Sources say Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly, who both remain available, are not in the Packers' plans.

After the game, coach Mike McCarthy said Raji was "pretty confident" about the injury.

Raji had been having a solid summer, re-acclimating himself to the nose. Last week, he said he was adjusting to the pace of the game inside. Quite possibly, the Packers would have used their base 3-4 alignment only 25 percent of the time, instead leaning on it's nickel package where Mike Daniels and Datone Jones rush up front. If that's the case, chances are they wouldn't make a panic signing in light of Raji's injury. They'd need to replace him in base and their "big" nickel set.

This still remains a 334-pound void in the middle of a Green Bay defense that has shown progress all preseason.

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