The Green Bay Packers third preseason game was not a charm. In fact, it turned out to be a curse as the Packers lost two starting players due to injury.
Injuries are the worst nightmare for NFL teams in the preseason and for Green Bay that bad dream became a reality Friday night as the Packers lost starting nose tackle B.J. Raji for the season with a torn bicep. To make matters worse, Green Bay also lost new starting center J.C. Tretter to a knee fracture that will cause him to miss at least a month of the season.
That leaves the Packers without two critical players. Certainly, they could do worse then Josh Boyd, who will take over for Raji at nose tackle and Corey Linsley, the rookie from Ohio State, who will assume the center spot in Tretter’s absence. But still it’s a blow.
Yet, one thing the loss of Raji does is open up a spot on the 53-man roster. And since the show must go on here is the Packers Guru’s latest 53-man roster projection:
Qbs (3) – Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien.
RBs (4) – Eddie Lacy, James Starks, John Kuhn, DuJuan Harris.
TEs (4) – Richard Rodgers, Andrew Quarless, Ryan Taylor, Brandon Bostick.
WR (5) – Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis.
OL (8) – Bryan Bulaga, David Bahktiari, J.C. Tretter, T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton, Lane Taylor, Corey Linsley, Derrick Sherrod.
DL (5) – Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, Josh Boyd, Mike Pennel, Khyri Thornton.
ILB (4) – Brad Jones, A.J. Hawk, Jamari Lattimore, Sam Barrington.
OLB (7) – Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Nick Perry, Mike Neal, Nate Palmer, Andy Mulumba, Jayrone Elliot.
CBs (5) – Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Davon House, Casey Heyward, Jarrett Bush.
S (5) – Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Sean Richardson, Chris Banjo.
Specialists (3) – Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay, Bret Goode.