Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop is expected to work in full pads for the first time in 2012 training camp when the team

Desmond Bishop

returns to practice at 7pm tonight.

Bishop missed the first week of practice after suffering a calf strain before the start of training camp while working out on his own.

Bishop was able to return to practice on Wednesday but wasn’t eligible for full contact until Friday night.  The Packers coaching staff decided not to throw Bishop out their during the Family Night scrimmage.

AUDIO: Bishop is excited to return to full practice tonight :10

Bishop said he won’t ease his way back into things, he’s ready to go.  He’s also anxiously awaiting the teams first preseason game, Thursday night in San Diego.  He said the preseason is a good guage for players to see where they are and where they need to get to.

AUDIO: Bishop says preseason games are a good guage for the players :15

Bishop missed three games last season with calf injuries and still had 115 tackles and 5 sacks in 13 starts.

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