Perhaps itís one of the dangers of playing in the trenches, but ankle injuries have slowed Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji more than once.
His latest one, to his left ankle, is at least the third ankle sprain he has sustained in his 3-plus year NFL career. Raji said he didnít know if it was the more serious high ankle sprain or whether he will be able to play Sunday at Houston.
Thatís the same ankle he sprained on the first play of the preseason finale six weeks ago against the Kansas City Chiefs. Raji returned in time for the season opener and hadnít been limited by the injury until he sprained it again in the second quarter of Sundayís loss at Indianapolis.
Raji hasnít missed a game since early in his rookie season of 2009, when a sprained right ankle in the preseason finale kept him out for the first two games of that season.
ďJust taking it day by day, doing the best I can just trying to get healthy,Ē said Raji, who didnít practice today. ďIím not going to put a timetable on it or anything like that.Ē
Coach Mike McCarthy said Raji is in the same situation as tight end Jermichael Finley (shoulder) and receiver Greg Jennings (groin).
ďTheyíre going to hit it hard in the rehab throughout the week,Ē McCarthy said. ďThe earliest they would possibly be on the practice field would be Friday and just because theyíre all veterans, I would take them until game time. Thatís how we look at those three guys.Ē