Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/13/12
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The massive scar along Desmond Bishop's right leg is a daily reminder to the Packers' inside linebacker that he's never going to be the same physically. Well, not the physical appearance near the area of his surgically repaired hamstring, anyway. It's not that Bishop won't be able to regain the level of play that led him to be Green Bay's leading tackler last season. In fact, doctors have told the 28-year-old that he could come back even stronger. But the season-ending injury Bishop suffered in the team's first preseason game on Aug. 9 has left him with a permanent memento on his body from the play that put a one-year halt on his burgeoning career. "I look at my scar, and I look at the way my knee is, I'm just different," Bishop said Monday at his locker. "Hopefully it can be at least back to where it was before, if not better." Just eight days after Bishop completely tore his hamstring, he was in surgery. And he remembers that date well: Aug. 17. When asked, Bishop has no hesitation whatsoever in responding with the exact day doctors had to make a large incision to fix the injury that forced him to hobble off the field in San Diego. Though Bishop has been going through rehabilitation treatments for nearly three months, including up to four hours each day in recent weeks, he believes he hasn't yet cleared his biggest hurdle in recovery. "I think it's coming," Bishop said. "Just that doubt a little bit in the back of your mind." Bishop hasn't avoided watching the play that resulted in his injury. The problem is, even with the multiple high-definition camera angles in the NFL these days, there's not much evidence that a devastating injury took place. "It's hard to see," Bishop said. "I haven't seen a good film clip of it where you can actually see. A lot of people have said, 'It doesn't look like much.' "I use (footage of the play) as motivation." Initially, it seemed possible Bishop might be given an opportunity to return this season. With the injury happening so early in preseason and the NFL's new rule allowing each team to designate one injured reserve player for return, there was an outside chance he would be be able throw his helmet and shoulder pads on again in 2012. Fast forward three months, and given his latest medical progress, perhaps Bishop could have contributed this season. "I foresee me being close to 100 percent, I would say, February-ish," Bishop said. However, Bishop still agrees with the Packers' decision to officially end his season before it ever got started. "I was hoping (to play this season), but looking back on it, I think it was a good decision to keep me out," Bishop said. "I think possibly I could have been back, but I wouldn't have been as explosive and stuff, so it probably would have been detrimental." After a few weeks away from the team, Bishop returned to Green Bay following the bye just like all of his teammates. He hasn't attended a Packers game in person since the win at Houston in Week 6, but he now plans to be around more often throughout the rest of the season. "I've been talking to doctors and coaches and trying to figure out exactly what my schedule is," Bishop said. "I have to try to figure out a way to get some structure back around here. Not going OD on going to all the meetings and stuff, though." Considering how far along Bishop is already in his recovery, it's almost a certainty that he'll be ready to participate immediately when offseason workouts begin in 2013. "It's going good," Bishop said. "I think it's going really good." Follow Paul Imig onTwitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jay Gruden gives out primo parking spots to hard-working players

Report: Colts' Jones suspended four games for PED use

Report: Royals have interest in Nick Markakis

Ezekiel Elliott domestic violence 911 call released

Manu Ginobili talks interest in 76ers before sticking with Spurs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Lakers reportedly have ‘unnamed trade target in mind

Report: Rodman a 'person of interest' in hit-and-run

Draymond Green reaches plea deal in assault case

Evander Kane arrested after turning himself in

Former NFL coach Dennis Green passes away

Michael Vick says he would only sign with contender

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

Orioles affiliate pay tribute to David Bowie on their jerseys

Report: Rangers pushing trade efforts for Sale

Russell Martin day-to-day after sauna-related mishap

Celtics reportedly unwilling to give up much for Jahlil Okafor

Report: Jay Bruce drawing trade interest

Vitale: Trump’s speech “filled with lies,” might write in Coach K

Report: Nationals ‘want in’ on Chapman sweepstakes

Hornets co-owner blasts NBA, city for taking away All-Star Game

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

Vikings installing massive horn in new stadium

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

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

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