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Bishop suffers knee sprain in Packers' 21-13 loss to Chargers

CREATED Aug. 9, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug. 9, 2012

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Next game: Thursday, August 16 vs. Cleveland
Packers Gameday at 5:00 p.m. on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and 6:00 p.m. on TODAY'S TMJ4

Postgame

11:33 p.m.
Defensive back Davon House on how long he may be nursing his shoulder injury: "It's not going to be too long."

10:23 p.m.
Quotes from Mike McCarthy to Larry McCarren on Newsradio 620 WTMJ:

"It comes down to the fundamentals.  I thought our ball security was not what it needed to be."

"It's a great indication of how much work we really have to do."

"I like a lot of things Graham (Harrell) did...he worked with two different lines...made some good throws.  I'm sure there's a couple throws he wish he had back.  He's so consistent, and I think that's a huge plus.  The game comes natural to him."

He also mentioned Desmond Bishop had a knee sprain.  No word on when he'll return to action.

4th Quarter

10:04 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  1:56
Do we really want overtime?  Nope.  Score a TD.  Miss the 2-pter.  Recover the onside kick, then win it with a field goal.  Would much prefer that.

Just like Indianapolis last year.

The new kid comes in.  B.J. Coleman.  Pressure.  Like the test.

3rd-4 at GB 29: Coleman to Boykin.  First down, fab throw in traffic.  Tick.  Tock.  Tick.  Tock.

3rd-10 at GB 42: Coleman wayyyyyyyy overthrows Gilleylen on the sideline.  Trying to hit the ocean.

4th-10 at GB 42: Williams with a leaping grab...is that a first?  Yeah, he had forward progress.   Time out. 

Tyler fumble!  Ugh.  Elmore with the knockout, Chargers with the recovery.  Game over.  Gotta hold the football.  He had it way out of his tuck when Elmore forced the fumble.  Gotta do the fundamentals.

9:54 p.m.  Chargers' 2nd Drive  5:33
San Diego 21, Green Bay 13
Brinkley 1 yd TD run
Drive start: Chargers 23

Vic So'oto "is making some noise in limited snaps tonight." - Larry McCarren

3rd-11 at SD 22: Lee bombing and Merrill got burned like a New Mexico chili pepper before it gets skinned.  Big play.

San Diego feeling it.  12 yard run against a not-so-great Packers run defense to the side.

Payne with a bounce and a cutback run on a one-man screen pass.  Gash.  Slash.  Ripping the Packers' defense apart.  Glad we won't see this unit too often in September.

Lee to Willie at the five yard line...and he's down though Merrill almost stripped him of the football.  Heck of an effort late, but not much you could do with a great throw from Lee.

1st-goal at GB 5: Brinkley short after driving toward the pylon, thanks to Richardson's pull back...but that looks rather touchdown-esque.  Red flag coming.  Test the system, huh, Norv Turner?

Another look at the replay...and maybe that wasn't a score.  Hmmmmm.

While we're sitting here waiting for the replay, shouldn't the Chargers permanently wear powder blue for every home game?

9:45 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  9:02
Drive start: Packers 16

Hand off, Tyler.  Huddle.  Hand off Tyler, huddle.  Tick.  Tock.  Tick.  Tock.  Like the play calls, coach.  End this thing early.

3rd-6 at GB 28: Cosby drops the ball.  First down territory.  No Jello Pudding Pops for you.

9:41 p.m.  Chargers' 1st Drive  11:21
You let a guy who was 9 yards deep in the end zone run it out past the 20?  Fail, Packers.  Fail.  (Even if Randall Cobb went 108 last year against the Saints.)

So'oto!  Second sack of the night, and you're making me check my spelling again.  First time I've had to type that in about nine months or so.

3rd-1 at SD 33: Nuthin' doin!  A white and gold pile slamming the Chargers run attack at the point of attack.  Lovely stand.

9:28 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  Continued from 3rd Quarter
Green Bay 15, San Diego 14
Tyler 1 yd TD run
(2-pt conv. no good)
3rd-3 at SD 43: Tyler slamming like Jim Taylor up the center.  I love the term "up the gut."  Toughness, yes.  But to go up a gut is rather painful to the stomach muscles.  Thankfully, I don't know from experience.

Larry: "Overtime is not only possible, but probable."  Please don't say that, Larry  Puh-leeze!

3rd-3 at SD 32: Incompletion.  But to avoid overtime, it would be nice to see a Packers field goal here.

4th-3 at SD 32: Yellow fabric all over the field.   Brazilian flagmakers aren't happy that so much fabric is being used.  But it's a good call.  Pass interference on the Chargers.

Harrell's mobility is really showing up as a big asset.  Great catch by Moss to go first and goal at the six.  But was he in?

They get the play off before the Chargers can call for a replay.  Good time management.

2nd-goal at SD 4: Tyler piledrives....end zone....uh...uh....uh....hard to tell when blue and gold piles up like Marquette's basketball uniforms in the postgame locker room.

3rd-goal at SD 1: Tyler piledrives, v.2.  Much more successful.

3rd Quarter

9:20 p.m.  Packers' 3rd Drive  3:26
Drive start: Packers 27

There you go, Tyler!  Smashmouth to the 44 for a first down.  Dragging a tackler four yards.  Oh wait.  Flaggage.  Holding.  Ms. Ref on the sidelines, I know it's your first game, but did you HAVE to spot that malfeasance?  Well, it was legit.  Good job.  :)  Great to see both genders taking part in the best sport in the world.

3rd-9 at GB 33: Harrell's movement in the pocket kept the play alive.  Hit an open receiver.  He's learning from Rodgers.  Now he's getting in a groove.  Like "The System" sang in the 80's, "Don't disturb this groove."

9:18 p.m.  Chargers' 2nd Drive  5:35
Drive start: Chargers 37

Oh, that ain't good.  House walks off the field on his own power after being in a heap on the ground.

3rd-10 at SD 37: Version 2 of the useless completion on 3rd down for San Diego.  Nice.

9:12 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  6:42
Drive start: Packers 26   

3rd-11 at GB 24: More Harrell inaccuracy killing that drive.  9-18 on the night.  Not good.

9:08 p.m  Chargers' 2nd Drive  8:24
Drive start: Chargers 22

Erik Walden gets to the QB and rings Lee's bell.  Major cobweb-shaker.

3rd-7 at SD 26: Another lovely throw-the-football-short-of-the-first-down-marker completion which makes offense fans shake their heads.  Good series for the Packers backups.

9:04 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  10:43
Drive start: Packers 26

This is why Wayne Larrivee rocks.  He doesn't need a thesaurus handy to say "a conglomerate of Chargers" on the tackle of Mark Tyler.

Offensive line fail.  Sack.  Pocket collapsed with blue emerging like Cookie Monster attacking a Mrs. Fields store.

3rd-14 at GB 22: catch far short of the first down.  Three-and-out fest.

8:55 p.m.  Chargers' 1st Drive  13:57
Drive start: Chargers 27

3rd-4 at SD 33: Brinkley pushed out of bounds after first down yardage, thanks to the Packers' run defense getting obliterated.  Walden owned by the tight end.  Wide run to the left is his responsibility.

3rd-6 at SD 43: Bombage.  Interceptage!  Anthony Levine gets position in front of Embry.  Pop fly, like what you might catch when you played 500 as a kid in recess at lunch.

8:52 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  15:00
Drive start: Packers 20

With shadows covering all the green grass of the previously-monikered "Murph," Harrell just overthrew a wide open Boykin which would have gone 80 yards.  ARod won't miss that often.  Why Harrell is a backup.

3rd-6 at GB 24: Accurate, but dropped.  Gilleylen may not see much September playing time...at all.

2nd Quarter

8:36 p.m.  Chargers' 4th Drive  :32
Desmond Moses with a nuclear tackle, driving a blocker into the kick returner.  Saturday's meeting will offer much time for coaches to run the play back to oohs and aahs.

8:25 p.m.  Packers' 3rd Drive  3:03
San Diego 14, Green Bay 7
Harrell-Cobb 3 yd TD pass

Drive start: Packers 30
Harrell finally with a completion...Williams.  Sure.  Easy.  Smart.  Take the easy yards. 

3rd-5 at Packers 35: Great job of picking up the blitz, and Harrell takes advantage with Cobb deep over the middle.  FINALLY some accuracy from Harrell.  The first real movement offensively all day.  Took long enough.

Cobb!  Second big catch of the drive.  SUPER WIDE OPEN!

1st-goal at SD 5: Flag comes late as both defensive tackles pushed blockers right into Harrell, sandwiching him.  Offensive line fail, except for the illegal hands to the face by Melvin Ingram.  Free play.

2nd-goal at SD 3: Cobb gets rewarded for his work on the drive.

8:17 p.m.  Chargers' 3rd Drive  6:27
San Diego 14, Green Bay 0
Lee-Brown 27 yd TD pass
Drive start: Chargers 31

Hayward is showing up.  And more.  Open field tackle right at the point of a 6-yard catch.  With a little more anticipation, that's a pick-six.  But still good to halt any possible YAC.

Lee deep...leaping catch by Vincent Brown at the 16 yard line.  Take back what I said about Hayward.  He got beat on a stutter-step move.  He could have knocked the ball away.  Didn't.  Rookie boo-boo.  He'll have those.

Vincent Brown.  Open.  27 yards.  Post pattern.  Four broken tackles.

8:15 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  7:42
Drive start: Packers 25

Harrell's accuracy is off tonight, and it's not just early overthrow jitters.  1-5 so far.

3rd-10 at GB 25: it ends up 4th-10 and 25 after Harrell kept a play alive and found Borel for zeeeeeeeero productivity.  Wayyyyy too many three-and-outs, or shorter due to turnovers.

8:02 p.m.  Chargers' 2nd Drive  11:11 
Drive start: Chargers 21

HOUSE!  Heck of a set of pursuit by House.  He forced up on the run on 2nd down and flipped the Chargers' running back rear-end-over-tea-kettle.

3rd-8 at SD 35: Spurlock wide open and a turnout to get huge yardage: 45 yards.  But, flaggage against San Diego saves the Packers' hydes?  What?  A hold away from the play on Green Bay!  And they missed the hold right in front of the receiver after the catch which would have negated the first down.  (Grumble grumble.)

Hayward steps in front of Brown and shows why the Packers drafted him in the 2nd round.  Great reach-around without getting a flag.

3rd-7 at GB 17: Lee big time...big time missed Embry on the near side.  Credit Hayward with more great coverage.  He's earning PT.

Nick Novak of the Chargers isn't.  35 yarder off the left upright.  Phew.

7:57 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  12:57
Drive start: Packers 24

Alex Green runs, and as Larry puts it: "nuuuuuuthin there."  Zero run blocking and a one-yard gain.

3rd-5 at GB 29: Harrell is too jittery.  His throws are Brett Favre big game 1st-quarter-esque.  Trying too hard with his more cannon-like arm after a year of big time workouts.

7:55 p.m.  Chargers' 1st Drive  Continued from 1st quarter
3rd-8 at GB 47: Fabulous leaping catch wasted along the sideline thanks to a holding penalty that kept Jerel Worthy from eating Lee for dinner.

3rd-18 at SD 43: D.J. Smith shows he can tackle in the open field.  Two yard gain.  Three-sort-of-and-out.  Nice job by the Packers' defense tonight\, save one wide-open Pro Bowl receiver.

1st Quarter

7:51 p.m.  Chargers' 6th Drive  1:09
Drive start: Chargers 38

Substitutions all over for the Packers at the end of the first quarter.  You'll be seeing a lot of unfamiliar names on this Packers game blog from here on in.

7:48 p.m.  Packers' 4th Drive  2:08
Drive start: Packers 19

Wayne: "Graham Harrell is the quarterback."  Me: "Thank God."

3rd-9 at GB 20: Cobb turned around after Harrell's throw.  Would have been a miracle if Randall could have caught it.  The Packers' offense has the flow of a plugged drain right now.

7:44 p.m.  Chargers' 5th Drive  3:41
Drive start: Chargers
17
Lee comes in for Rivers.  Rodgers should get out of this game, too.  For his own safety.

Wayne on Bishop's knee injury: "Boy you just hope it's not a long-term deal."

3rd-8 at SD 19: A not-enough-for-a-first-down completion to Spurlock, and good tackling by Bush forces a three-and-out.

MUFF!  Smithson with the boo-booage losing the ball in the sun.  Thankfully, the Packers keep the ball.  Fourth turnover avoided.

7:39 p.m.  Packers' 3rd Drive  5:34
Drive start: Chargers 42

Hey Mr. Defensive Tackle in blue...Aaron Rodgers knows how to make your life miserable with his cadence.  And he smiles in self-gratifying laughter and approval.

3rd-2 at SD 34: Deep....juggling....nope.  James Jones with butterfingers after he was bumped.

4th-2 at SD 34: A preseason move to go for it, something you wouldn't do on Sundays starting in September.

ARod blitzed and hit as he throws it, and Cason gleefully scoops up the aerial goodies for the Chargers.  Preseason turnover fest.

7:37 p.m.  Chargers' 4th Drive  5:39
Drive start: Chargers 42

FUMBLE!  Packers get their second turnover of 2012!  (Preseason, of course.)  Hawk flies to the football...oh is that a bad pun.  Sorry.  Preseason form on my part, too.

7:33 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  6:31
Drive start: Packers 23
Four yard gain by Starks, and he holds the football in his hands this time.  All you can ask.  Larry: "Starks did a good job just to get to the line of scrimmage."

3rd-6 at GB 27: Fabulous secondary coverage, and Jammer cut off Nelson to the point that Rodgers had to go to the sidelines and toss it to the Gatorade tub.  That's when an incompletion is OK.

7:29 p.m.  Chargers' 3rd Drive  7:26
Drive start: Packers 14
ANOTHER FUMBLE!  Borel!  What in the world?  Did the whole team stop off at In-n-Out Burger and get their hands greasy?

Well, the defense needs work.  They're going to get it.

YES!  There you go, Tramon Williams!  He stepped right in front of his receiver and proved Phillip Rivers interception prone again.

7:21 p.m.  Chargers' 2nd Drive  8:07
Chargers 7, Packers 0
Rivers-Gates 23 yd TD pass
Drive start: Packers 23

Rivers stays in the game.  He'll play at least one productive series.  So will Rodgers.

This is not good.  Desmond Bishop on the ground.  He's had calf muscle issues all preseason.  The Packers cannot lose him to injury.  This looks to be a bad leg injury.  Ouch.

Gates wide open.  23 yard TD pass.  2011 remix for the D-backs.  Pathetic.

7:13 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  10:48
Drive start: Packers 2

A drive to start a season going 98 yards?  That's a lot of scorched earth in hot San Diego, but for this offense, that's do-able.

Not when James Starks drops a football on the first play like Packers receivers did wayyyyy too much in the playoff game last year.  Not a good omen.

3rd-7 at GB 6: Crabtree saves the drive with a fabulous toss to Tom Crabtree's right shoulder, where a defender couldn't get at it.  

No huddle.  An offensive dream.  A game blogger's nightmare.

Don't pay too much attention to Takeo Spikes and company violently driving James Starks from the 20 yard line to Arizona.  A four yard gain is always OK.

3rd-5 at GB 20: Move them chains.  Move them chains.  Back shoulder to Jones, and he had about two yards of cushion.  That's stealing.

STARKS FUMBLE!  He ate too many fries at In-n-Out Burger before the game.  Ugh.

7:07 p.m.  Chargers' 1st Drive  15:00 left in 1st Qtr
Drive start: Chargers 20
Just like Green Bay, San Diego doesn't have a starting left tackle.  Clay Matthews could eat Phillip Rivers for lunch if he wants, unless Rivers just does 3-step drop throws to Gates like he started the game with.

There's the rookie!  Nick Perry!  Great sack from the strong side., but an unsportsmanlike conduct for flexing arm muscle?   First mistake by a replacement ref today.

Fabulous execution by San Diego on the screen pass to midfield.  A mobile wall of navy protecting Ronnie Brown into first down territory.  Packers had little chance there.

3rd-3 at GB 44: House, the rookie, blanketed Malcolm Floyd to force an incompletion.  Larry McCarren: "He has added intensity to his game.  He'll need it out there.  One false move and you're done."

Pregame

7:01 p.m.
Bathed in sunshine, the Packers are resplendent (a Wayne Larrivee word) in their glistening white and mustard yellow helmets and pants.

Coin toss time: heads wins, which means the Chargers.  The navy-clad Chargers will start with the ball.  Why are they not clad in sky blue?  That should be an NFL requirement!  Best looking jerseys in football, though not my favorite

The first-ever woman to take an NFL field during a game: Shannon Eastin, the replacement ref.  Congrats.  Anyone of any gender belongs, as long as they can do the job.

6:54 p.m.
This is the kind of game where the key isn't as much "is the first time on all cylinders yet."  Of course, you want it to be.  But considering the health issues of this team, and the need to keep Aaron Rodgers' backside clean, the bigger focus should be about seeing what your young guys can do.

5:34 p.m.
We already know the Packers are banged up.  Greg Jennings isn't playing.  Sam Shields isn't playing.  That's just the tip of the iceberg.

The guy who's not playing that will affect the entire Packers' decision making more than any other is Marshall Newhouse.  With guys like Herb Taylor having to protect backsides of quarterbacks like...well...the NFL's most valuable player in Aaron Rodgers, it will make Mike McCarthy look to sit Rodgers quicker.

The bigger question for me is not necessarily the offensive health, but the defensive skill level.  Will Jerel Worthy reach the promise of his talent, the promise the Packers need him to reach, at defensive tackle?  Will Nick Perry do the same at linebacker after having played defensive end two hours north of San Diego?

If the Packers even have an average defense, and they play at that level in each playoff game, they will win the Super Bowl...assuming the offense is as strong or is even stronger than 2011.