MANKATO, Minn. -- Desmond Bishop's short tenure with the Minnesota Vikings has been filled with more intrigue than plays made on the field.
Bishop's signing following the offseason program meant he was coming to his new team fresh into training camp. Believed to be fighting for a starting linebacker position, Bishop opened camp with the second-team defense and then suffered a groin injury a week later.
Bishop has returned to practice and said he's free of any lingering pain with the groin. Knowing the comeback from last year's torn hamstring -- which caused him to miss the entire 2012 season -- might have contributed to the groin injury, he's back to earn his spot and doing so with a careful eye.
"Full speed," Bishop said Monday of being back on the field. "Smart full speed though."
Minnesota's coaches sound just as eager to see what he can bring to the table as anyone.
"I know that there will still be some rust on him in terms of live football," defensive coordinator Alan Will...