In the Green Bay Packers first preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, defensive leader and key playmaker Desmond Bishop went down after a group of players fell on his leg and trainers spent several minutes with him on the field assessing the injury before he was taken off.
Initial reports have indicated that the injury was to Bishop’s knee and that it wasn’t too bad. However, there is a report out there from the Green Bay Press Gazette that there is severe concern with the Packers camp regarding Bishop’s hamstring and there are fears the injury may be serious enough to keep him out for a long time, possibly the entire season.
While the initial analysis on the knee is that there is no structural damage, further testing to determine hamstring damage is yet to be thoroughly undertaken. Should Bishop miss time, understudy D.J. Smith is the obvious choice to replace him. Smith played some good football in 2011 and had been thought to be on the verge of taking the starting job of teammate A.J. Hawk prior to Bishop’s injury. Expect Rob Francois to also see increased playing time as he also outplayed Hawk at times last season and is pushing for more snaps despite initially being pegged as more of a special teams specialist.