Desmond Bishop out for season with a torn ACL
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings linebacker Desmond Bishop tore the ACL in his right knee and needs season-ending knee surgery, coach Leslie Frazier announced on Monday. It's the same leg that forced Bishop to miss all of 2012 after rupturing a hamstring tendon.
Bishop, 29, signed a one-year, veteran minimum deal with the Vikings in June and didn't make his first start until Sunday. He played just 16 snaps, making one tackle, before the injury.
After missing the offseason routine, Bishop didn't see the field until the Aug. 15 preseason game at the Buffalo Bills because of a groin injury. He appeared in all five games this season, finishing with five tackles.
This is the second season-ending injury for Bishop in as many seasons. The Super Bowl-winning linebacker ruptured a hamstring tendon in his right leg on Aug. 9, 2012 and missed his final season as a Green Bay Packer before crossing the eastern border this summer.
Bishop made the leap over linebacker Marvin Mitchell on Sunday, but now Mitchell is destined to start unless the Vikings bring in additional help. The Vikings' third linebacker generally sees just 35-45 percent of the snaps each game as they play mostly out of nickel packages.
After Mitchell, the next man up is rookie linebacker Gerald Hodges on the outside. Frazier said there's a possibility they look to recruit help off the street.
"We may. We're going to talk about what we want to do with that roster spot and how we want to handle our actives and inactives around that," Frazier said. "So still a possibility. We're going to talk some more. We've got pretty decent depth at linebacker, but we'll talk whether or not we want to bring someone in or not."