Packers release LB Desmond Bishop

Packers RB Alex Green has healthy amount of hope

Bishop missed the entire 2012 season due to a hamstring injury sustained in the preseason opener at San Diego. Bishop played a key role during the Packers’ 2010 run to the Super Bowl title. After starting middle linebacker Nick Barnett was lost for the season in Week 4, Bishop stepped in and started the final 12 games, recording 103 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception which was returned for a touchdown. The Packers were so impressed with Bishop that they signed him to a 4-year, $19 million deal on Jan. 4, 2011. Bishop picked up where he left off in 2011, leading the Packers with 115 tackles, while adding five sacks. Then, against the San Diego Chargers during a preseason game on Aug. 27, 2012, Bishop sustained a significant injury to his hamstring which required surgical repair. Bishop, who was drafted by the Packers out of the University of California with one of the team’s three sixth-round picks in 2007, played in 69 games with 26 starts during his six seasons in Green Bay. He registered 310 tackles (224 solo), nine sacks, seven forced fumbles, an interception and 13 passes defensed.

Packers’ Davon House: ‘You have a whole other thing coming’

“It was mine to lose and I lost it because of injuries to me. But later on in the season, Shields got hurt and it gave me an opportunity to step in there. I think it showed the coaches that I can play.” Now, everyone is healthy and cornerback is arguably the Packers’ deepest position on defense. Standing near the dugout after the defense’s 24-20 win over the offense Sunday, House said that each day of OTA’s and minicamp this past month, he “would beg” the team doctor to let him play. Instead, the Packers decided to be cautious. When training camp begins July 26, Williams, Shields, House and Casey Hayward are all expected to compete for starting jobs. “Us being this tight and being able that we’re able to compete like we do, it’s only going to make us better,” House said. “And the best man is going to play day in and day out. If it’s right corner, left corner, we all feel like we should all be on the field.

James Jones: Packers can have three 1,000-yard receivers in 2013

James Jones thinks the Packers can produce three 1,000-yard receivers in 2013. (USATSI)

— The Green Bay Packers have released linebacker Desmond Bishop. The move Monday was expected after Bishop and the team couldn’t agree on a restructured contract. Bishop was due to make $3.464 million this season after missing all of last year with a hamstring injury. The 28-year-old inside linebacker had 310 tackles, nine sacks, seven forced fumbles and an interception since the Packers took him in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft. He played in 69 games, making 26 starts, and was part of the squad that won the Super Bowl following the 2010 season. Shortly before his release was announced, Bishop said on Twitter he would take many memories and friendships from Green Bay. He says he’s, “Forever grateful,” and followed it with the hashtag “Pack.” Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Desmond Bishop

(USATSI) The Green Bay Packers have never had three 1,000-yard receivers in the same season, but that could change in 2013, at least according to James Jones . Jones believes the Packers can produce three 1,000-yard receivers next season if everyone stays healthy. “I’ve been on record as saying that I believe we have three 1,000-yard receivers in this room,” Jones said, via the Green Bay Press Gazette . “I believe me, Randall [Cobb] and Jordy [Nelson], if we all stay healthy, we can all reach over 1,000.” Jones thinks that losing Greg Jennings to the Vikings and Donald Driver to retirement will only help the rest of the receiving corps. “It’s exciting and we’re all excited because we know the departure of Greg and Donald means more opportunities for us,” Jones said. “Do you want to lose guys like that? No, but it gives us the chance to step up.” Nelson, Cobb and Jones will definitely have to step up to meet Jones’ lofty prognostication. Not only have the Packers never had three 1,000-yard receivers in the same season, but they’ve had two receivers reach the 1,000-yard mark in the same season only five times in franchise history. To be more precise, that’s five times in 92 seasons. However, if three 1,000-yard receivers is going to happen for the first time, Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback to do it.

Packers release LB Bishop

The Green Bay Packers running back couldn’t perform one stinking, weightless squat on both feet. “Just like that with no weights,” Green said. “Nothing. I couldn’t do that.” No, Green’s return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee did not follow Adrian Peterson’s Hollywood narrative. Far from it. Whereas Peterson threatened the NFL rushing record, Green’s 2012 season consisted of throbbing, miserable mornings, frustration on Sundays and an anticlimactic limp to the finish line. Green “led” the Packers in rushing with 464 yards on 135 carries (3.4 avg.) with no touchdowns. All along, Green wasn’t himself. His knee never felt right. So even with Green’s future in Green Bay instantly endangered by the addition of a second-round pick (Eddie Lacy) and a fourth-rounder (Johnathan Franklin), he can breathe easy. His body, finally, responds to his brain.

After missing 2012 season with hamstring injury, LB Desmond Bishop released by Packers

Bishop, who missed the entire 2012 campaign with a hamstring injury, has spent his entire six-year career in Green Bay since being selected by the Packers in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. The University of California product has played in 69 games, including 26 starts, with the Packers, racking up 310 tackles, nine sacks, seven forced fumbles and an interception. A contrite Chad Johnson apologized Monday for disrespecting a judge when the former NFL star slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week and was released from jail after only a week instead of 30 days. 1371502595 Get the Miami Herald’s Dolphins News VIA EMAIL Join the Discussion The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what’s in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts. The Miami Herald uses Facebook’s commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment.

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