Minnesota Vikings LB Desmond Bishop suffered a severe knee injury in last week’s game against the Carolina Panthers, and the Vikings officially placed Bishop on the injured reserve yesterday with a torn ACL. Bishop had recorded just five tackles in four appearances prior to the injury, and we just didn’t see much of Bishop on the field this year. The 29-year-old Cal product was expected to be a big factor at LB this year with the Minnesota Vikings following his departure from the rival Green Bay Packers, but that just never materialized.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Chip Scoggins reports that Desmond Bishop will undergo surgery on his torn ACL next week on Tuesday, which is the day after the Vikings Monday night game against the New York Giants. Bishop’s doctor will be the famous Dr. James Andrews, and it sounds like he is going to use star teammate Adrian Peterson’s historically swift recovery from an ACL tear as inspiration for his own comeback.
Here’s what he told reporters today, “It’s definitely unfortunate. I feel like I was kind of getting into my groove. I’ve always been in my groove, honestly. But it’s just the way life is and the way things go sometimes. The only thing I can do is focus on what I can control and that’s my rehab and coming back even better.”
Let’s hope Bishop can have that kind of a full and quick recovery, and I especially hate to see players suffer severe, season-ending injuries in a contract year.