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Packers win in the preseason home opener against the RaidersSubmitted: 08/23/2014
Packers win in the preseason home opener against the Raiders
Story By Jeanine Ilacqua

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.


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