Packers' Bishop out for the season with hamstring injuryWisconsin Sports
--Green Bay Packers’ starting linebacker Desmond Bishop is out for the season, after he had surgery 11 days ago on the hamstring he injured against San Diego on August 9th.
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers’ starting linebacker Desmond Bishop is out for the season, after he had surgery 11 days ago on the hamstring he injured against San Diego on August 9th.
Bishop was one of six players put on the injured reserve list yesterday, as the Packers cut their roster to this week’s NFL limit of 75. The others are receiver Shaky Smithson, tight end DeMarco Cosby, running back Du’ane Bennett, guard Ray Dominguez, and defensive end Johnny Jones. Only two Packers were actually cut. The release of fourth-year defensive end Darius Wynn leaked out yesterday. Fullback Jon Hoese was also let go. Also, linebacker Frank Zombo and tight end Andrew Quarless were officially put on the reserve physically-unable-to-perform list, which will keep them out for at least the first six weeks of the regular season. Quarless is recovering from knee surgery at the end of last season. Zombo injured a leg during the Packers’ spring workouts.
In May, NFL owners voted to let one injured reserve player return after eight weeks. Bishop could have benefitted from that rule – but the players’ union rejected it. Bishop, a sixth-year pro, had five sacks for the Packers last season.
The Packers will hold their final public practice at 11 this morning. They’ll have a private walk-through tomorrow before their exhibition finale on Thursday night against Kansas City at Lambeau Field. The players will be off on Friday, while those on the bubble await their fate. Thursday night’s game will give them one final chance to make their case – and some will get long auditions, as most starters will only play their first series against the Chiefs. The Packer coaches and personnel staff will spend all day Friday making final decisions on their roster – which must be cut from 75 players to 53 by eight o’clock on Friday night. Teams can then put in waiver claims until 11 o’clock Saturday morning. And after that, teams can start placing eight players on their practice squads.