Vikings LB Bishop tears ACL, season over

Linebacker Desmond Bishop will have reconstructive knee surgery after tearing the ACL in his right knee Sunday, which was the first start of his Vikings career.

Linebacker Desmond Bishop‘s first start for the Minnesota Vikings will be his last game of 2013.

The outside linebacker tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the second quarter of the Vikings' 35-10 loss.

Bishop was being blocked away from the play and didn't appear to take a serious shot to the knee but immediately went to the turf and let out a yell loud enough to be heard up in the press box as he walked off the field after being tended to by the medical personnel.

"So much I wanted to accomplish this year, so much I wanted to help my team accomplish is gone! Miffed that I couldn't prove doubters wrong," Bishop tweeted Monday. "…. It's back to the drawing board for me. I've been here before & it's a hard & humble path but I'm embracing every step."

He had played in 16 snaps at that point, despite coming off the field when the Vikings employ five defensive backs and had just started to overtake Marvin Mitchell as the team's starter on the weak side.

It was the most action he had seen in a game this year. He didn't play in the season opener and saw only two snaps on defense in the second game, but had registered 12 and 15 snaps in the previous two games.

"I thought as we gave him more opportunities leading up to yesterday's ball game, he had shown that he was ready to get a starting assignment and I wanted him to solidify it through his play in that ball game yesterday," Frazier said. "Unfortunately, he got injured, but he was playing well up to the injury. It was more the work that he had done had impressed upon me and the coaches that he was ready for a start and it was a matter of how he would play would determine if he was going to hold on to that spot."

Mitchell is likely to be reinserted into the starting lineup and rookie Gerald Hodges be active for games in the future. Hodges was inactive for the first three games of the season. He was active but didn't play on defense against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4, but he returned to the inactive list on Sunday.

"We've got pretty decent depth at linebacker, but we'll talk whether or not we want to bring someone in or not," Frazier said.

Bishop tore his right hamstring in a 2012 preseason game in his final season with the Green Bay Packers and was lost for the season. They released him this offseason and the Vikings signed him to a one-year deal with a $750,000 base salary and a $100,000 roster bonus.

CB Xavier Rhodes also sprained his left ankle on earlier in the drive that ended Bishop's season, although Rhodes' MRI came back negative, and S Harrison Smith suffered turf toe that took him out of the game.

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