GREEN BAY – Desmond Bishop’s season might not be over after all.
The Green Bay Packers inside linebacker underwent what coach Mike McCarthy termed a successful surgery with team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie on Friday morning, and the team has yet to rule Bishop out for the season.
“He’s doing well,” McCarthy said, one day after the Packers’ 35-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field.
Asked if a determination had been made on Bishop’s status, McCarthy replied: “No final decision has been made on Desmond’s status as far as the season.”
At an NFL owners meeting in May, the competition committee passed a rule change that every club will now have the option to designate a single injured player who was on the roster through Week 1 as a reserve exemption, and that player will be eligible to practice in six weeks after that time and play in a game eight weeks after the designation. Bishop could be eligible for this new rule, if the Packers keep him on the 53-man roster for the Sept. 9 opener.
However, ESPN’s John Clayton reported last week that the NFL has notified teams that it has not yet received approval from the NFL Players Association for rule change.
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