Following the Packers first training camp practice of the 2012, coach Mike McCarthy answered one of the bigger questions coming out of the pre-training camp physicals performed Wednesday.
Linebacker Desmond Bishop, who mysteriously failed his physical and was placed on the non-football injury list, was discovered to have a calf strain. Bishop suffered the injury during a training session before camp begun, which spawned the non-football listing.
McCarthy did not have a timeline for Bishop's return.
“Desmond had a calf strain this past weekend in his training,” McCarthy said, according to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Gazette. “Don’t really have a time frame because we’ve had some history with his calf last year and missed a couple weeks. I’m sure we’ll be cautious before we get him back out there.”
Bishop first injured his calf in the first half of a win over the Detroit Lions last Nov. 24. He missed three games but returned in Week 16 to tally a team-high 12 tackles against the Chicago Bears.
According to Hodkiewicz, second-year linebacker D.J. Smith took Bishop's place in the base defense. He intercepted a pass during seven-on-seven drills and then later caused an interception with a deflection.
If Bishop has to miss considerable time, Smith appears to be the clear favorite to replace him.
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