Desmond Bishop’s career as a starting linebacker for the Vikings lasted less than one half. In the second quarter of Sunday’s debacle vs. Carolina, Bishop was forced to leave after suffering a knee injury. The verdict after further examination: a torn ACL for Bishop, surgery and the end of not only his 2013 season but, in all likelihood, his tenure in Minnesota.
It’s hard to imagine the frustration level for Bishop right now after his second season-ending leg injury in as many years. He was dumped by the Packers after a year lost to a torn hamstring, and now he will likely find himself back on the market again, hoping another team will give him a chance.
What makes this doubly-head-exploding for Bishop is the fact that it happened in just his first game as a starter for the Vikings. After a preseason and four regular season games spent getting up to speed on the defense, Leslie Frazier and Alan Williams were finally satisfied enough to let him get out there and see some action. Bishop seemed pretty active until the injury cut short his game.
We’ll never know now if Bishop could’ve helped shore up what has thus far been a pretty terrible defense. For now, Marvin Mitchell goes back into the starting lineup as the Will backer. The Vikings have other options on the roster including rookie Gerald Hodges, or they could look outside the organization. Not a lot of cap room in Minnesota right now after the Josh Freeman signing, however.