Packers released linebacker Desmond Bishop. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The Green Bay Packers released linebacker Desmond Bishop on Monday, the team announced.
Bishop had 115 tackles, five sacks, and two forced fumbles in 13 starts in 2011.
Bishop missed all of last season with a ruptured hamstring tendon suffered in the Aug. 9 preseason opener at San Diego and hasn’t participated in any of the team’s organized team activity practices this offseason.
He was set to make $3.464 million this season after signing a four-year, $19 million extension in January 2011.
“I mean, yeah, somebody’s got to fill in right now. It’s not like my job to say who plays and who doesn’t,” Bishop said after the team’s open OTA practice on May 28. “All I can do is get healthy to (get back to) my full potential and get back out there.
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From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
When the Packers decided to re-sign Brad Jones and restructure A.J. Hawk's deal — both at starter's money — Green Bay did create a financial logjam at inside linebacker. Bishop, coming off his injury, became the odd man out.
The Packers' opinion on players returning from injuries was pretty clear when they released linebacker D.J. Smith, who was coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Still, Bishop said last week that he is "completely" healthy and planned to be ready for training camp.