As you surely know, the Green Bay Packers put inside linebacker Sam Barrington on injured reserve on Tuesday. They have their options for replacing him in-house, with Nate Palmer getting first crack at the job.
When Ian Rapoport reported the news, he seemed to suggest the Packers might consider re-signing Desmond Bishop.
With #Packers LB Sam Barrington going on IR, worth noting ex-Packers LB Desmond Bishop is healed from thumb surgery 4 weeks ago & ready
Getting the band back together!
If you’ve read this site for any amount of time, you know we were huge fans of Desmond Bishop. He made plays and after watching A.J. Hawk not make any plays for years, that was a refreshing change of pace.
Bishop was a killer in 2010 and 2011 for the Packers. In that latter season, he had 115 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles.
Then he got injured prior to the 2012 season and missed the year. When he returned in 2013, Bishop was unceremoniously released by the Packers.
He signed with the Vikings, played in four games and got injured again. He went to injured reserve again. He was released again.
Last season, Bishop had two brief stops with Arizona and then San Francisco.
In the offseason, the 49ers re-signed Bishop, but then… wait for it… he got injured again. This time, it was a hand injury and this time, the 49ers released him.
But Bishop is supposedly healthy now. Still, we just don’t see the Packers being interested.
They didn’t want him in 2013 and Barrington’s roster spot has already been filled by Datone Jones.
What’s more, Bishop would probably injure himself getting on the plane to Green Bay.
The Packers are thin at inside linebacker, but they still have rookie Jake Ryan after Palmer. They also have Carl Bradford and James Vaughters on the practice squad.
The only way we see the Packers considering Bishop is if Palmer gets hurt (or plays terribly).
Unlike the James Jones’ reunion, this is one we just don’t see happening.