GREEN BAY (AP) — The Green Bay Packers started the final week of the preseason with two big losses.
Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed after practice Sunday, August 24th that veteran nose tackle B.J. Raji suffered a significant biceps injury two days earlier in the Packers' preseason win over the Oakland Raiders.
McCarthy also said center JC Tretter sustained a significant knee injury in the same game.
While Raji is expected to miss the entire season after he undergoes surgery in the coming days, the Packers will be breaking in another new starting center with Tretter sidelined for several weeks.
And they won't have much time to get rookie Corey Linsley ready to hold down the important spot in front of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Green Bay plays its last preseason game Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs, then has only a week to prepare for the NFL season opener Sept. 4 at defending Super Bowl champion Seattle.