Bishop injured both his knee and hamstring when he got twisted awkwardly while making a tackle in the first quarter in San Diego on Thursday night. McCarthy said the knee injury is classified as a “sprain,” but the hamstring will need to be repaired surgically and a decision on Bishop’s status will be made after the procedure.
“It’s unfortunate,” McCarthy said after a 1-hour, 35-minute practice on Saturday night, the final evening workout of training camp. “Everybody knows the type of player Desmond is for us. He’s clearly one of the spiritual-type individuals, (with) the energy he brings to the workplace, and just the way he plays.
“He puts so much into it, and after last year with his calf injuries, I know he was really looking forward to having a big year.”
McCarthy said an option with Bishop might be to use the team’s one injured reserve exemption, which is a new rule (still needing approval from the players’ union) that would allow one player on IR to be designated to return to the active roster after at least half the season. But whether or not Bishop is even a candidate to return this year won’t be known until after his surgery.
Either way, second-year pro
“I think that has prepared me a little bit,” Smith said earlier Saturday, before the players had been informed of Bishop’s situation. “I know the defense. I’m good with my assignments.
“Everyone is going to make it a group effort to fill that void and we’ll see what happens.”
“It gives others some opportunities on special teams, and this is something the depth in our linebacker group will absorb,” McCarthy said. “It’s time for those individuals to take advantage.”
Shuffling continues in the defensive backfield as well due to cornerback
“Which is tough to do obviously as a DB,” McCarthy said. “That’s not one of the positions you want to be putting a harness on your players, because of obviously the limitations it gives to the joint.”
McCarthy said House is “eager” to begin the rehab and see where he stands. As time goes on, he’ll likely discuss his situation with veteran cornerback
House had been making a strong push for a front-line job in both the base and nickel defenses with an impressive start to camp and in Thursday’s game, before the injury. In House’s absence, rookie corner
One new injury on defense is to rookie defensive lineman
On the other side of the ball, running back
Starting left tackle
“All three guys are still working through (the protocol),” McCarthy said. “I’d like to think Marshall’s close. Ryan is definitely closer than Greg.”
At running back, with Starks,
“This is probably the highest number of injuries we’ve had in camp, and we just have to be smart with our team,” McCarthy said.
The players return to a daytime practice schedule beginning with Sunday’s 11:15 a.m. workout, which McCarthy anticipated would be shorter than prior camp practices as well.Related links