Desmond Bishop likely won't play Sunday at Detroit
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings linebacker Desmond Bishop has rehabbed and waited more than a year to get back on a NFL field and play in a meaningful game.
The seven-year veteran may have to wait at least another week.
"Not this week," Bishop said Thursday. "Just waiting for my opportunity."
Bishop said he and coach Leslie Frazier had a meeting on Wednesday to discuss his role in the regular season opener at the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Bishop said he was told that he won't play this week -- not even swap a snap or two with another linebacker.
"As we speak, Marvin [Mitchell] is our starting outside linebacker," Frazier said earlier in the week.
That's the way it remains on Thursday. Despite Bishop's 19 tackles, which led the Vikings in the preseason, he's still pegged behind linebacker Marvin Mitchell, who will start at weak-side linebacker at Detroit.
The only thing that seems certain is Mitchell's placement in the starting lineup. The Vikings coaching staff could see something early on that changes their minds about Bishop playing, but as of Thursday, Bishop was under the impression that he won't play a snap.
The Vikings are simply showing commitment to Mitchell, who they re-signed to another one-year deal in March. Mitchell started one game last year, but played just 46 defensive snaps throughout the season.
For those bothered by this decision, Bishop didn't join the Vikings until late June, after all offseason programs were completed. Once he finally got into a purple uniform, Bishop was limited at training camp with a groin injury, even sitting out the preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Aug. 9.
His preseason performance showed that he has come a long way since tearing a hamstring tendon in August 2012, but that doesn't mean he's automatically pegged to start Week 1.
Bishop hasn't played at Detroit since Thanksgiving Day in 2011, a game made famous by Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's stomp on Green Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith as he was on the ground.
Bishop may have to wait another year before playing at Ford Field.