GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field 31-21 in the preseason home opener last night.
There will be an empty spot in the Packers' defense heading into the season.
Nose tackle B.J. Raji tore his right bicep in last night's game against the Raiders and will be out for the season according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Green Bay will now look to Josh Boyd and undrafted rookie Mike Pennel.
It may only be the preseason but players are already saying there is something special about the depth of the running game this year.
"I kind of knew it from the jump whenever we first started last year. Even though I wasn't playing last year I already knew it was something special. The main thing is our relationship off the field," said running back DuJuan Harris.
"I think it's great because we have three backs that are able to play at any time. So, I think going through this season it's a long season. So with us three backs we should be able to stay fresh and be able to go fast the whole season," said running back Eddie Lacy.
"That whole group of guys we got in the running back room, they all bring something different to the table. And, they're all impressive when they got the ball in their hands," said guard T.J. Lang.
It was an emotional game for many of the players because Charles Woodson and James Jones returned to Lambeau field for the first time since leaving the Packers.
"It was great. I miss the man so it's great to see him again and Charles. Those guys are doing great. It was fun," said wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
"It was great to see those guys but those conversations are personal. James Jones, Charles Woodson, and CJ Wilson, to me they will always be Green Bay Packers," said head coach Mike McCarthy.
The roster will be cut down to 75 players on Tuesday at 3 p.m. before the last preseason game.
The preseason ends Thursday at 6 p.m. The Packers will play at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.
We'll take you live to Crandon and update you on the death of a Lac du Flambeau woman whose body was found following a report of a gunshot early Wednesday morning. Three people were put in jail following the reported incident.
A lake in Conover has flooded, but not just from the rain. We'll bring you the details.
And we'll show you a Rhinelander pasty shop that is getting ready to re-open its door nine months after it caught on fire and closed down.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
CHICAGO - A three-judge federal appeals panel has affirmed that a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was coerced into confessing and should be released from prison.
Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach's death two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in the Avery family's Manitowoc County salvage yard.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Four Republican senators say they are not ready to vote for the GOP health care bill, putting the measure in jeopardy.
The four are Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky. They say in a statement that they are open to negotiation before the full Senate considers the measure.
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