B.J. Raji Taking ‘Hiatus’ From NFL After Seven Seasons With Packers


March 14, 2016

B.J. Raji is stepping away from the NFL and will not play during the 2016 season. The 29-year-old defensive tackle spent the last seven years with the Green Bay Packers.

Raji revealed his plans Monday in a statement.

?I am taking a hiatus from the NFL and will not play during the 2016 NFL season,? Raji said in the statement. ?This decision was made after hours of conversation with close family members and mentors and considerable self-introspection and is one in which I am absolutely certain. I cannot rule out a return to the NFL in the future, but I will definitely not be playing during the 2016 season.?

Raji, a first-round pick (No. 9 overall) in 2009, was a free agent after a solid 2015 season. The Boston College product compiled a career-high 6.5 sacks during the 2010 season and earned a Pro Bowl selection for his work during the 2011 campaign.

Thumbnail photo via Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports Images

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