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Packers release Bishop


6th year linebacker Desmond Bishop was released by the Green Bay Packers on Monday.  The 28 year old missed all of the 2012 season after tearing his hamstring in the Pre-Season opener in San Diego.  Bishop appeared to be an ascending player when he was given a four year contract extension two years ago worth 19 million dollars.  He succeeded Nick Barnett as a starting inside linebacker and led the team in tackles in 2011.  Bishop is still recovering the the hamstring tendon repair surgery and did not take part ini any of the team's off-season practices.   He was scheduled to make just over 3.4 million dollars this season.   Bishop told the Green Bay Press Gazette, "I would be lying if I said I wasn't surprised."   He admitted the injury and salary were likely factors in his release but he harbors no ill feelings toward the Packers.  He hopes to resume his career with another team, reportedly planning a visit with Minnesota this week.    The Packers appear ready to move with A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones as the starting inside linebackers.   Hawk agreed to a restructured and lower salary for this season while Jones received a new three year deal in March worth a reported 11.75 million dollars.  Bishop was originally drafted in the 6th round in 2007 out of the University of California.