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Bishop ‘coping’ with lost season; Benson to face former team

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 11, 2012 – 5:03 pm

LB Desmond Bishop, who injured his hamstring in the preseason opener against San Diego and is out for the season, spoke to reporters on Tuesday and admitted it’s difficult to have to sit out the entire year.

“I’m coping,” he said. “There’s nothing I can do about it. It is what it is. I’m trying to adapt to the adage that everything happens for a reason. I’m coming along pretty good with that. I’m just hoping the guys do good and I’m with them in spirit.”

Bishop had surgery on the hamstring performed by team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie, and McKenzie told him it went well. There was talk before the roster was finalized of Bishop possibly going on injured reserve with the new designation to possibly return by season’s end, but Bishop said Dr. McKenzie didn’t think that was realistic.

“I thought I possibly could have (come back), but whether or not it would have been smart to risk it is a whole different conversation,” Bishop said. He added that it was difficult to watch his teammates lose to San Francisco in Week 1, particularly with the defense struggling to stop the run. Niners RB Frank Gore rushed for 112 yards on just 16 carries.

“Yeah, it was (tough),” he said. “Our guys were out there fighting, and I really wish I could be out there fighting the battle with them. They came up short, but it’s just one game.”

On Thursday night, RB Cedric Benson will be facing the team that drafted him No. 4 overall in 2005, the Chicago Bears. Back in 2009 while playing for Cincinnati, Benson rushed 37 times for 189 yards and a TD the first time he got a crack at his former team. The Bengals crushed the Bears that day, 45-10.

Benson said he feels no extra motivation facing the Bears again this week, saying his years in Chicago were a long time ago and he holds no personal grudges.

“It’s extra incentive every weekend for me,” he said. “The fact that they’re a former team, you always want to do great against those guys, but that’s not the driving force here. Every week is always extra incentive to get the job done.”

That’s especially true coming off his disappointing nine-carry, 18-yard Packers debut last Sunday. Benson was hoping to get more carries in that game, but he understood the game plan and the way the game unfolded didn’t call for that.

“There’s some work to be done,” he said. “I’ve got to set guys up to create some explosiveness in the run game. And we can’t get behind, because we have to play catch-up then and we don’t get to run as much. For me personally, I have to be patient and also be explosive.”

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13 Responses to “Bishop ‘coping’ with lost season; Benson to face former team”

  1. By warren on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    make cutler move out of pocket..

  2. By airpacker12 on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    THE PACK SADLY DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A FOOTBALL TEAM ;GO WATCH A FLAG FOOTBALL GAME AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT IM SAYING ! THE GAME HAS CHANGED CAPERS AND McCARTHY HAVE BEEN SAYING; BUT WHAT IM SEEING IS YOU TWO HAVE ! MM SAYS WE DONT NEED A RUN GAME ! THEN HE SAID WE DONT RUN FOR EFFECT, BUT TO KEEP THE DEFENSE HONEST(WOW) ! BEFORE THE SF GAME HE TELLS THE MEDIA WERE NOT EVEN GONNA TRY TO RUN AGAINST THAT BIG DEFENSE THEY HAVE !!! WHAT HAS TO ECHO ACROSS THESE TWO GUYS AND TT; IS YOUR NOT GONNA WIN HERE IN JAN. FROM THE THE SHOT-GUN FORMATION AND NO DEFENSE ! DOM YOUR PSYCHO PACKAGE SAYS IT ALL ! THESE TWO NEED TO BE REALED IN BIG TIME……… THEEEEEE GAMEEEE HASS NOTTT CHANGEDDD !!!!! PERIODDDD !!!!!! YOU HAVE !!!!!

  3. By Nick on Sep 12, 2012 | Reply

    We lost 1 game… 1 game and we’re a flag football team?

    haha.

    You aren’t gonna get your point across to anyone, and the caps thing is pathetic.

    You don’t know what your talking about. Capers hasn’t even used the psycho package a lot…. or at all last game.

    The packers got beat plain and simple. They did some good things and they need to improve big time. Ecspecially on defense. I believe the Packers will improve over time we got 15 more games to hone our skills. It’s all about getting through adversity in football, and its about finishing. Our last 2 seasons pretty much sums up that. Both going in other directions. 2010 we went 10-6, we had to win the last 2 games just to make the 6 seed in the playoffs. We had 15 players on injured reserve. We defied the odds and won from week 15 on, and finding ways to win. Most importantly the super bowl. Last year we went 15-1 and Rodgers won the MVP award. We thought we had the repeat in our grasps with that home field advantage. Well we stunk it up in the playoffs to a 9-7 Giants team that went on to win the superbowl… It showed that the regular season mean’t nothing.

    Every NFL season is a mystery beginning till end. I hope we meet the 9ers in the playoffs and start our super bowl run over again! But no matter what happens I’ll root for my packers flag football team or not. GO PACK GO!!!!!

  4. By Ryan on Sep 12, 2012 | Reply

    I agree that the game at it’s heart hasn’t changed, but its how many Lombardi’s you have, not regular season wins.

  5. By Mark from PA on Sep 12, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Nick 100%. Except the fact that “they have 15 games to hone in on their skills.” It’s much less then that. This division has caught up, and the Pack could be in the basment fast. They need to hone in by tomorrow. San Fran is a really good team. I believe the Packers will have to beat them to make it to the super bowl. Maybe this was a nice early wake up call, for them to realize the season started.

    BTW. Finley has to stop dropping the ball on key downs.
    And of course, the refs (in all the games)suck. NFL needs to see this.

  6. By Jeff on Sep 12, 2012 | Reply

    It is comical to see Packer Fans Panick after a loss… “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” LOL!!! Airpacker is an idiot. References to MM, TT, and DC are so misplaced. When you have a young roster, it takes time to gell. Why don’t you get some shoe inserts and start gellin’ baby! I admit the SF loss was a bit tought to take, but it does a couple things. 1) Shows where improvement is necessary 2) Gets the team out of the spotlight for a seasoned run (when it counts) 3) pulls a “good team” together. Just need to reference 2010 Packers and 2011 Giants. The only thing the PACK needs to really do is improve where there needs to be improvement, and grow together as a team (cohesiveness). Airpacker, we are FANS, not coaches (or players for that matter)… enjoy what our team does for us and the great times and entertainment you have had from it. Let the coaches coach, the players play, and you go to the refrigerator and have a cold one and watch the magic this Thursday… ENJOY! GO PACK GO!!!!

  7. By AmSvensk on Sep 12, 2012 | Reply

    airpacker12 went overboard with the comments and the all caps thing, but slow down on the insults! Packer fans can be disappointed and overreact too. Ignore the all caps thing and read the comments instead – there is some valid criticism here.

  8. By mitch on Sep 12, 2012 | Reply

    i think since 2010 that losing nick collins was probably the biggest blow to our team.. replacing a pro bowl player like that is not easy to do, look at it this way though we got 6 new guys on defense, it’s the beginning of the year and there is nowhere to go but up so i take these next 5 games as finding our footing with this defensive squad, the disappointing part about it is that j bush shouldn’t be in there over sam shields in my opinion, regardless of that why didn’t we trade a pick to get vonte davis?!?!?! i just cant fathom how we didn’t go out and get a lock down corner to complement tramon on the other side of the field if they knew that woodson was going to safety….??? all in all we’ll be fine, i personally hate watching the refs get back the og”s asap, i sent a message to roger fidel but im sure he didn’t get it haha.. go pack on thursday

  9. By airpacker12 on Sep 12, 2012 | Reply

    OOHHHH PLEASE OVERBOARD ? THOSE WERE ALL QUOTES FROM MM HIMSELF………..EXCEPT FOR THE ONE WHERE YOUR NOT GONNA WIN IN GB FROM THE SHOT GUN FORMATION, AND NO DEFENSE IN JAN ….

  10. By airpacker12 on Sep 12, 2012 | Reply

    PS THIS IS NO 1 GAME REACTION : LAST YEAR WE FIELDED THEE WORST DEFENSE IN NFL HISTORY …LAST YEAR OUR GROUND GAME MINUS A-RODS RUSHING NUMBERS PUTS US IN THAT CATAGORY AS WELL….WE WERE 15-1 BECAUSE WE HAD THE MVP ! BUT 1 MAN NEVER BEATS A GOOD TEAM….SEE THE GIANTS AGAINST TEAMS LIKE NEW ENGLAND……. AND IF YOU ALL KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL RATHER THAN THE CAPS. ATROCITY, YOUD BE IN AGREEMENT…ITS KIND OF FUNNY TOO YOU GET CALLED ALL THESE NAMES ON HERE BECAUSE YOU POINT OUT SERIOUS FLAWS ON THE TEAM… JEFF LET ME PUT IT THIS WAY ;IF YOU WERE ACTING LIKE AN IDIOT WOULD YOU WANT YOUR FRIEND TO TELL YOU SO ? ITS KIND OF LIKE THE ECONOMY ITS IN TERRIABLE SHAPE AND FEW KNOW IT…….NO RUN GAME NO DEFENSE NO PASS PROTECTION…. = BIG DEBT !!!!!!

  11. By Duane on Sep 12, 2012 | Reply

    Airpacker12 sounds like Paul Ryan doing an imitation of Snitty Mitty talking about how bad everything is under the current administration.

    What a Bear fan?

  12. By airpacker12 on Sep 12, 2012 | Reply

    NO DUANE ,NOT A BEAR FAN…..AND JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE SAYS SOMTHING BAD ABOUT THE PACK DOSENT MEAN THAIR NOT A PACKER FAN….IM NOT GONNA CALL YOU NAMES EITHER; BUT IF YOU WATCHED THE LAST,,, SAY,,, 6 PACKER GAMES AND DONT SEE MAJOR PROPLEMS, I DONT KNOW WHAT TO TELL YA EITHER..

  13. By DARNELL HELTON on Sep 13, 2012 | Reply

    humm! comments…i have a few.the LB suck or is DESMOND just that better?Isay this not because i know him.But the way the packers LB play makes for a long season & it’s only been one game.I’m sure capers is pulling out whatever hair he has left.with the exception of matthews.Icould see Desmond with @least double digit tackeles & two or three sacks..the LB better step up there game. with the noting that Des will not be back this season the LB crew could be in for some long days.ok it waqs one game let’s see how the fair by mid-season……keep your fingers crossed.GET WELL DESMOND

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