One of the Green Bay Packers 2011 starting linebackers, Desmond Bishop, will unfortunately spend the entire 2012 season on the Injured Reserve (IR) after having surgery to repair a torn hamstring that he suffered during the 2012 Preseason. Bishop played a huge role in the Packers defense last season, which had a tenancy to do extremely well at rushing the quarterback from the linebacker position. In 2011, Desmond Bishop had a total of 115 tackles, five sacks, and two forced fumbles, and he is not an easily replaceable player.
The Packers will now be calling on D.J Smith, the second year pro out of Appalachian State to replace Bishop. It is unlikely that Smith will be able to come close to matching the production that will be missed by Bishop, but with A.J. Hawk and Clay Matthews both grooming Smith to get him ready for the season, hopefully he can play well enough and not become a defensive liability. How this will affect the roles of Matthews and Hawk remains unknown, but Bishop will certainly be missed.