Packers planning to rest B.J. Raji more down stretch

Nose tackle has rarely come off the field Brad Biggs

Print This November 19, 2011, 06:42 PM EST

The Green Bay Packers are going to start using nose tackle B.J. Raji a little more judiciously.

He’s rarely come off the field this season and that was the case a year ago. Packers coach Mike McCarthy has acknowledged the team needs to be more careful using him, something that makes sense when you think about a playoff run in January.

According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Raji has been on the field for 88.1 percent of the team’s defensive snaps this season, averaging 59.4 per game. Last season, Raji played in 85 percent of the snaps through the regular season and playoffs. It added up to 1,070 plays.

"B.J.'s played too much to this point," McCarthy said. "We've got to watch his numbers."
The Packers started subbing Raji out more last Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings and it will mean more snaps for Howard Green.

It makes sense. The fresher Raji is, especially later in the season, the better he can be.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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