GREEN BAY – Desmond Bishop has now spent three days on the sideline at training camp because of a pulled calf muscle he suffered last weekend, and the Green Bay Packers starting inside linebacker is starting to get antsy.
“I wanted to run out there and hit somebody,” Bishop said after Saturday’s practice, the first of camp in pads.”But I had to tone it down and be smart about it, and when my time comes and it’s fully healed, then I’ll get out there and play.”
Bishop strained each calf last season – including one pull suffered on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit that forced him to miss the next three games – and said the current injury that landed him on the non-football injury list isn’t severe enough where his availability for the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against San Francisco is at issue. Instead, he called it a “minor setback,” although he admitted he’s “not really sure” what the timetable is for him to be cleared for action.
“It’s not as bad as it was last year,” Bishop said. “So that’s a positive.”
Bishop said he was “just running a couple of laps just to get it stretched and get loose” last Saturday in a workout on his own in Green Bay when he felt the pull, and said it had not bothered him at any point during the offseason.
Given that he’s now got a history of calf issues, Bishop will have to pay more attention to his calves in the future, according to teammate Clay Matthews, who has a history of hamstring issues.
“You just have to be smart, and I think that comes from getting older, too,” Matthews said. “The coaches do a good job of that managing my reps. I only have one speed and at times I can definitely wear myself out. I was fine last year; this year I feel good, (but) obviously we’re only three days in. You don’t let it get in the way of your playmaking ability, but at the same time, you’re aware of it.”
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