Standout inside linebacker Desmond Bishop, the Green Bay Packers’ leading tackler last season, was one of seven players who failed his physical and was rendered a bystander for the start of training camp on Thursday morning.
Bishop aggravated a calf while training at home. The cause for concern is it’s a reoccurring injury. Bishop, who finished second with five sacks among his 142 tackles, missed time three full games after injuring the calf during the first quarter of the Nov. 24 game at Detroit.
Also out were fullback John Kuhn (knee), outside linebacker Frank Zombo (hamstring), defensive lineman Johnny Jones (knee), guard Jaymes Brooks (hamstring), tackle Derek Sherrod (leg) and tight end Andrew Quarless (knee) were the other players held out of practice. All seven are on the active physically unable to perform list and will not be allowed to practice until they pass their physicals.
Without Bishop, D.J. Smith joined A.J. Hawk as the starting inside linebackers, with Smith recording an interception. Jamari Lattimore and Robert Francois formed the No. 2 tandem. Without Zombo, Brad Jones – who was moved from outside to inside linebacker during the offseason practices – was back on the outside.
We will have much more after today’s locker room session.
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