GREEN BAY – Desmond Bishop was back at work Wednesday, but he wasn’t happy about it.
Well, let’s be clear: The Green Bay Packers inside linebacker wasn’t happy because he wasn’t allowed to do more.
Activated from the non-football injury list after passing the physical he’d failed last week because of a pulled calf muscle, Bishop wasn’t allowed to don full pads on Wednesday morning for practice. Rather, because of NFL rules that stipulate that all players must practice in just shells (light pads with helmets) and avoid full-contact for their first two practices, Bishop was limited to only individual drill work. The same was true with fullback John Kuhn, who was activated from the physically unable to perform list after his injured knee was deemed fit for practice.
“I feel like it should be with the players' and the trainers' and the coaches' discretion. I don't think it should be a certain time limit on it,” Bishop said of the rule. “But it is what it is."
What it also is, of course, is another day of no pads. And because the first day he’d be allowed to wear pads is Friday night’s Family Night scrimmage, Bishop admitted that he probably won’t get the full go-ahead until Sunday’s practice.
“I mean, you know I would if they let me. But I don't know how that works,” Bishop said of participating in the scrimmage. “I don't foresee them letting me (have my) first day in pads (be) the scrimmage so I'm guessing Sunday."
Bishop reiterated that, despite having two calf injuries last season, he doesn’t believe his calves will be a recurring issue.
“It's one of those things,” Bishop said. “It was like a totally different location (of the calf). I don't think it has anything to do with the one during the season.
"I don't think it set me back. It's funny, because different players have different kind of perspectives on it. 'Oh, Bishop took a couple days off, he gets extra rest.' In one sense, you can be fresh. At the same token, those training camp reps that I missed, I can't get them back."
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