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Notebook: Coaches ease Raji's workload to keep him fresh down the stretch

9:43 PM, Nov. 15, 2011
Green Bay Packers B.J. Raji (90) and Charles Woodson (21) bring pressure against the Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder during fourth quarter of Monday night's game at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay Packers B.J. Raji (90) and Charles Woodson (21) bring pressure against the Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder during fourth quarter of Monday night's game at Lambeau Field.
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B.J. Raji has been an absolute workhorse in his short time with the Green Bay Packers. The nose tackle/defensive end has rarely left the field over the duration of the past two seasons. He finished 2010 with 66 tackles and led all NFL nose tackles with 6 sacks last season - the most since Ken Clarke had seven for the Vikings in 1990. Raji is way off that pace in 2011 with 16 tackles and two sacks after nine games.

The number of snaps Raji played Monday night significantly dropped as C.J. Wilson saw his action increase.

"B.J.'s played an awful lot of plays for us," defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. ...

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