Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 7/26/12
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Desmond Bishop failed his pre-training camp physical after straining his calf this past weekend while working out. This is an injury Bishop has suffered before. The 28-year-old starter hurt both of his calves last season and missed Weeks 13 through 15 with the injuries. There is currently no time frame for Bishop to begin participating in training camp. "We've had some (injury) history with Desmond; it was his calf last year, missed a couple games," coach Mike McCarthy said after the team's first practice Thursday morning. "It's good that we be cautious before he gets back out there. He actually (injured) both of them last year." McCarthy would not specify which calf Bishop re-injured. Despite missing three games last season, Bishop led the Packers in tackles with 115 total and 90 solo takedowns. Bishop was in the top three in the NFL in tackles prior to his injury and still ended up finishing 13th overall in the league. Bishop was also second on the team in sacks with five, behind only Clay Matthews, who had six. It appeared that Bishop was on his way to his first career Pro Bowl selection, but the three missed games late in the year proved costly. During minicamp in mid-June, Bishop was healthy and setting goals to improve upon his 2011 performance. "It's always room to grow and make plays, be disruptive and make more plays, do things like that to help out the defense," Bishop said. "That's definitely my goal, hands down. This year I'm going to work on intangible things like being a little bit more vocal, trying to be a leader; not just by example, but by vocally challenging guys and motivating guys to do better." In order to achieve any of those goals, Bishop will first have to get healthy. With the Packers' first preseason game only two weeks away, there isn't much time to do that. With Bishop out, second-year inside linebacker D.J. Smith -- who was very impressive in limited opportunities last season filled in Thursday and came up with an interception during seven-on-seven drills. Six other Packers failed their physicals, including fullback John Kuhn, linebacker Frank Zombo, offensive tackle Derek Sherrod and tight end Andrew Quarless. Follow Paul Imig on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rob Ninkovich: Pats ‘don't even think about’ Deflategate drama

Bartolo Colon told Nats catcher he wouldn’t swing during at-bats

Report: Johnny Manziel has drug problem

Mamadou Ndiaye will remain in NBA Draft, forgo senior season

Rory McIlroy may skip Olympics due to Zika virus scare

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Drake trolls Kyrie Irving, Cavs after Raptors win Game 4

Tyronn Lue: Kevin Love benching not due to injury

Anthony Bennett to work out for Nets

Frank Vogel is right coach at right time in Orlando

Tony Gwynn's family suing tobacco industry

Report: Draymond Green fined, avoids suspension

Jordan Rodgers’ ex-girlfriend rips him after ‘The Bachelorette’

Top 10 Heisman hopefuls for 2016

Eight NFL teams that got much worse during the offseason

Bills ban media from reporting on dropped passes, INTs

Bismack Biyombo blocks both LeBron and Kevin Love

Rory McIlroy donates Irish Open winnings to charity

Maurice Jones-Drew: Chip Kelly 'destroyed the Eagles'

Sniping quotes highlight NHL conference finals animosity

MLB investigating controversial Padres national anthem mishap

Pitt RB James Conner tweets that he is cancer free

Why Louis van Gaal couldn't remain at Manchester United

Eli Apple's mom cracks funny joke after announcing ESPN role

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sniping quotes highlight NHL conference finals animosity

QUIZ: Name every NBA franchise's original incarnation

The 15 biggest playoff upsets in NBA history

Cy Young Award contenders at the quarter mark of the season

QUIZ: Name the NHL franchises that have never won the Stanley Cup

How the goalies stack up in the Stanley Cup Conference Finals

Ranking the four potential NBA Finals matchups

A look at the special teams in the NHL conference finals

QUIZ: Name every NBA Rookie of the Year

NHL postseason quick hits: Western Conference Final

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker