Desmond Bishop to have surgery Tuesday on torn ACL
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings linebacker Desmond Bishop will have surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews out-of-state on Tuesday to repair the torn ACL in his right knee, Bishop said.
Bishop suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers after he played just 16 snaps in his first start of the season.
"The first person who I talked to was Adrian [Peterson] about it. Looking at his whole timeline, so that's what I'm kind of in competition with right now," Bishop said. "I believe he got his surgery after the injury six or seven days after. I think mine is going to be eight, so I'm a little upset about that. Going forward, I'm just going to try to keep at the same pace he had. That's where I'm kind of channeling all my focus is to outdo him."
Andrews also performed Peterson's surgery.
Bishop, 29, will miss the majority of the season for the second straight year after he tore a hamstring tendon in his right leg during a 2012 preseason game as a member of the Green Bay Packers. Bishop signed a one-year, veteran-minimum deal in June before seeing limited action in five games.
"To finally get the nod to start was a big stepping stone to getting back to where I really wanted to be," Bishop said. "It's unfortunate the injury happened at the worst time, but, like I said, it's out of my control."
Linebacker Marvin Mitchell will likely be inserted back into the starting lineup after starting the first four games of this season.
Peterson returned in a little over eight months to start against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 9, 2012 after his Dec. 30, 2011 surgery. If Bishop were to keep that pace, he'd be back on a football field just after the Vikings' June offseason programs, should they choose to resign him after this season.
"I haven't even really thought that far ahead," Bishop said. "I'm just kind of taking it one day at a time."