GREEN BAY – Desmond Bishop isn’t back … yet.
The Green Bay Packers veteran inside linebacker said at the end of reporters’ locker-room access time after Tuesday’s first open-to-the-public organized team activity practice that he expects to be practicing with the team next week. The Packers’ next open OTA practice is Tuesday, May 28, and Bishop said he’s aiming for that workout.
Bishop, who ruptured the hamstring tendon in his right leg during the Packers’ Aug. 9 preseason opener at San Diego and missed the entire 2012 season, had the hamstring surgically reattached on Aug. 17.
Bishop, whom the Packers signed to a four-year, $19 million contract extension on Jan. 4, 2011, has two years remaining on that deal and was reportedly on the trading block during the NFL Draft last month. Bishop, who attended Tuesday’s practice but did not participate, came into the locker room just as media availability was ending and could not be asked about the trade rumors.
Meanwhile, coach Mike McCarthy said Bishop was the closest to returning among a group of three players – Bishop, cornerback Davon House (shoulder) and offensive tackle Derek Sherrod (leg) – who are coming off surgeries.
House had surgery to repair a shoulder injury that dates back to that same preseason game against the Chargers, while Sherrod hasn’t played since breaking his leg on Dec. 18, 2011. He underwent a second surgery after the 2012 season ended.
“I’d like to see those guys out there running,” McCarthy said of the threesome. “Time will really answer that. If I was to rank those three as far as who is coming back I would say Bishop, (then) House, and Sherrod is the farthest away.”
Asked about Sherrod's progress, offensive line coach James Campen said he's been participating in individual position work and is making progress.
"Anxious to get him back," Campen said. "He’s champing at the bit. All the signs have shown to be positive. I’m excited to get him back out there."
McCarthy was unwilling to list players’ specific injuries, but other players who did not participate in Tuesday’s open practice were rookie wide receivers Kevin Dorsey and Charles Johnson, running back DuJuan Harris, safety Sean Richardson, outside linebacker Dezman Moses, defensive tackle Ryan Pickett and defensive end Jerel Worthy.
Worthy suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee on Dec. 30 at Minnesota and underwent reconstructive surgery Jan. 15. Richardson is recovering from neck surgery. Dorsey and Johnson were seventh-round picks in last month’s draft.
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