According to a report, Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji will miss the entire season after sustaining a torn right biceps in Friday’s preseason victory over the Oakland Raiders.
The team is not confirming the report, but the Green Bay Press-Gazette—citing a league source—reported that Raji was done for the season.
It was hoped a move back to nose tackle from defensive end would energize Raji, who signed a one-year, $4 million free agent deal this spring after a disappointing 2013 season.
Raji had 39 tackles and 6½ sacks from the nose spot in 2010 and was a Pro Bowler in 2011 with 24 tackles and three sacks.
At end last season, Raji logged just 19 tackles—a career low—and did not have a sack for the second straight season.
That came after Raji turned down a contract extension last fall that would have paid him $8 million per year.
Raji’s one-year deal leaves his future with the Packers in some doubt, as well, even though he had been playing better this spring since returning to the nose.
Raji was the ninth overall pick by the Packers out of Boston College in 2009 and in five seasons had 133 tackles and 10½ sacks.
He also returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown in Green Bay’s 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in the 2010 NFC Championship.