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McCarthy: Bishop Has Calf Strain, No Time Table Set

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McCarthy: Bishop Has Calf Strain, No Time Table Set

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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Mojo's picture

First Bella's been caught cheating on Edward and now this. How am I supposed to get through this.

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FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

That really does blow. You know CM3 is gonna bow out any day with a hammy too. Sounds like Smith is just doing what he do... Make plays. Soooo, that's good.


Tundrabum's picture

Ack ... I've miss all things Packers during the off-season, except that dreaded ambulance icon.

Nononsense's picture

Not worried about Bishop or Matthews for that matter missing time in camp, both will be ready to go when the season starts.

Gotta love that DJ Smith man, hes a natural. I find it hard to believe they can justify playing Hawk over this guy when the regular season starts.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Totally agree.

Lars's picture

Hawk is safe because of TT. Too bad indeed, but that's the way it is. Note how Smith is Bishop's back-up and Hawk has Francois and the rookie Manning behind him.

When the boss wants a certain guy in there, the underlings (MM, Capers, Moss) just have to work around it.

redlights's picture

Hawk will start at least situationally because of TT, yes. But is has more to do with his contract and cap number. I'm sure that TT regrets giving that contract, but at the time, it seemed reasonable in contrast to Barnett's age and cap number. TT is the same guy that extended Rodgers before anyone else saw his potential. Take the good with the bad.

In TT I trust

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