GREEN BAY – Mike McCarthy isn’t overly concerned with B.J. Raji’s sprained ankle, with the Green Bay Packers coach acknowledging that the injury isn’t as severe as the ankle sprain the big defensive tackle suffered last month.
“I would say the early diagnosis on B.J.’s ankle (is) it’s less than the injury he suffered a few weeks back,” McCarthy said Monday, one day after Raji went out of the Packers’ 24-20 victory over the Detroit Lions late in the game with the injury.
Raji sprained his left ankle Oct. 7 at Indianapolis and missed the Packers’ next two games – at Houston Oct. 14 and at St. Louis Oct. 21. He has played in the last three games and was particularly effective Sunday against the Lions, earning five quarterback pressures, according to ProFootballFocus.com.
Raji also had an ankle injury in preseason. It's unclear which ankle he injured Sunday.
“We feel like we’re in pretty good shape there,” McCarthy said of Raji’s injury after meeting with athletic trainer Pepper Burruss.
Meanwhile, McCarthy shed no light on whether any of the team’s key injured starters – outside linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), wide receiver Greg Jennings (abdominal), safety Charles Woodson (collarbone) or cornerback Sam Shields (ankle) would be back at practice Wednesday.
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