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Vikings mum on whether Bishop is in their plans

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The Minnesota Vikings have happily given former Packers Brett Favre, Darren Sharper, Ryan Longwell, and others a chance for revenge against their old team twice a year.  But whether Desmond Bishop gets the same opportunity remains to be seen. 

 Soon after he was cut on Monday, the former starting middle linebacker said his first free agent visit would be to Green Bay’s border-state rivals.  Yesterday, at the Vikings’ mini-camp, coach Leslie Frazier refused to confirm whether Bishop had an audition – or would get one.  In Frazier’s words, “We’ll be bringing in guys to work out all the time.” 

Unlike the Packers, the Vikings use a 4-3 defensive scheme with one middle linebacker instead of two – and that person handles more pass coverage.  Erin Henderson expects to start at that spot, moving over from the weak side.  However, it would leave the Vikings with a non-starter at Henderson’s old spot.   Henderson says he’ll fight to move to the middle, but he’d welcome Bishop with open arms.  Linebacker Chad Greenway said he’d have no problem with Bishop coming into the lineup. 

Bishop started in the middle for Green Bay until he sat out all of last season with a severe hamstring injury.