Bishop Wishes For White House Repeat

Desmond Bishop talks about his White House disappointment. Plus, is T.J. Lang ahead of Derek Sherrod in the battle at left guard? That and more from Monday's midday practice.

The Green Bay Packers had to wait a couple extra months to visit President Obama.

Desmond Bishop's wait continues.

The team landed in Washington on Friday and boarded buses to get to the White House for the ceremony. Bishop touched his pocket, assumed what he felt was his wallet and got on the bus. Instead, what he had felt was his phone. Given the serious nature of protecting the president, the Secret Service would make no exceptions, and given the amount of traffic in the capital, there was no way for Bishop to get back to the airplane to grab his wallet.

"It was pretty disappointing," Bishop said after Monday's practice. "It was a historic time, something you can tell your kids or your grandkids one day. To have missed that opportunity, it definitely stung a little bit. But, spilled milk. Just keep fighting and hopefully we'll do the same next year."

Bishop, who napped while his teammates hobnobbed with the president, said he hasn't taken too much good-natured heckling from friends and teammates.

"I thought I would take more," he said. "It was such a big moment, to have missed it, I think they felt bad for me. I think people felt bad for me more so than I felt bad for myself. A lot of it was just the fact that I was the only one. There's like 70, 80, guys. It makes me look a little (stupid)."

Lang in the lead?

With starting left tackle Chad Clifton limited to individual drills on Monday as the coaches bring the stalwart veteran along slowly, first-round pick Derek Sherrod took the first snap at left tackle and T.J. Lang the first snap for the up-for-grabs left guard position during each period.

Perhaps there's a reason for that pecking order.

"T.J. probably graded out a little bit than Derek (at left guard on Saturday against Cleveland)," McCarthy said. "We're not making any decisions today. It's important to give both those guys as many reps as possible."

McCarthy, who said he was in no hurry to pick a starter, held true to that at practice, as Lang and Sherrod flip-flopped between guard and tackle every few snaps.

Injury updates

Out on Monday: WR Shaky Smithson (shoulder), WR Brett Swain (hamstring), RB Alex Green (quad), S Brandon Underwood (knee), CB Davon House (hamstring), CB Brandian Ross (hamstring), RB James Starks (ankle), DE Chris Donaldson (shoulder), G Adrian Battles (Achilles), T Chris Campbell (knee), TE Andrew Quarless (groin) and TE Tom Crabtree (ankle).

Starks, Quarless and Crabtree were the injuries listed by McCarthy after the Cleveland game. Smithson and Starks tested their injuries but were held out. McCarthy said Green wanted to play against Cleveland, which he took as a sign that the rookie is close to ready.

Cornerback Sam Shields (bruised back) returned to practice.

Four-point stance

— The offense and defense worked against cards (scout teams). It wasn't prep for Friday's game against Arizona so much as it was a chance to review some mistakes against concepts that they'll see down the road. "We haven't had any review days," McCarthy said. "We're trying to forecast what we may do down the line, so it's just a combination of taking these first practices of the next couple weeks and try to review some things we have to clean up. In past years, we had nine installs and at least three review days. Those were the days that were taken away from us in the new schedule."

— About Clifton, who has taken a very small number of team reps during practices: "Because of his age, wear and tear on his body, everything that he's asked to do is calculated," McCarthy said. "There's a conversation about Chad on almost a daily basis based on the training room. If anybody's on a pitch count, it's not the quarterback. It's Chad Clifton."

— Tight end Jermichael Finley (bruised butt) returned to practice and intends to play on Friday. "I felt good (before the Cleveland game). It was just precautionary, holding back. It was like, why would you want to go out there? But this game, I'm going to go out there and get a series or two, knock the cobwebs off."

— The Web site ran 50,000 simulations of the season, with the Packers the favorite to repeat. Green Bay won the Super Bowl 13.0 percent of the time. In the "most likely" Super Bowl, Green Bay beat San Diego 57.0 percent of the time by an average score of 26-23. During the regular season, the Chargers beat the Packers 55.3 percent of the time.

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