Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  By BRIAN HALL  |  Last updated 10/14/13
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Desmond Bishop finally earned a starting spot with the Minnesota Vikings, his first season with the team getting on track after working his way up the chain and learning the team's defense. Bishop's time as the starter lasted only 16 plays. Starting at weakside linebacker on Sunday for the first time all season, Bishop suffered a right knee injury in the second quarter and coach Leslie Frazier announced Monday Bishop tore his anterior cruciate ligament and will have reconstructive surgery. "I thought as we gave him more opportunities leading up to yesterday's ball game, he had shown that he was ready to get a starting assignment and I wanted him to solidify it through his play in that ball game yesterday," coach Leslie Frazier said. "Unfortunately, he got injured, but he was playing well up to the injury. It was more the work that he had done had impressed upon me and the coaches that he was ready for a start and it was a matter of how he would play would determine if he was going to hold on to that spot." Frazier said safety Harrison Smith is dealing with a turf toe injury and still is scheduled to have a magnetic resonance imaging test. Rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes sprained his left ankle in Sunday's game and a follow-up MRI only revealed the sprain. "He seems as if he should be OK," Frazier said of Rhodes. "The MRI came back negative, so I think he should be OK." Bishop's case however will end his season. It's another tough blow for Bishop, who missed all of last season with a torn right hamstring he suffered in the preseason. Bishop returned this season, but was released by the Green Bay Packers. He signed with Minnesota before training camp and made the move from an inside linebacker in Green Bay's 3-4 defense to the outside with the Vikings' 4-3 defense. He was behind incumbent Marvin Mitchell during training camp and the first four games, but the defensive snaps for each were limited because Minnesota primarily played its nickel defense with Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson as the two linebackers. Bishop had progressively seen his playing time increase and was announced with the starters on Sunday at home. Bishop, who signed a one-year, 750,000 contract with the Vikings to re-establish himself as a starter, had five tackles in his limited playing time this season. Bishop previously was one of the defensive leaders for Green Bay, leading the Packers in tackles in 2011 with a career-high 115 tackles to go with a career-high five sacks. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter
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