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Smith ready to step in for Bishop again

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Last year when Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop missed three games because of a calf injury, D.J. Smith filled in and performed well. He feels even more prepared to do so this time. While there was no official word on Bishop's status from the team yet today, Smith sounded as if he was preparing to take over for the long haul. A source yesterday told the Press-Gazette that Bishop sustained a serious --- potentially season-ending -- hamstring injury in Thursday's preseason opener at San Diego. "You can't replace him," Smith said. "But you just try to fill the void as much as possible." Smith made his share of mistakes against the Chargers. He missed a few tackles and said he should have stayed with tight end Antonio Gates a little longer before passing him off in zone coverage on his touchdown catch, but the Packers feel confident in him in part because of how well he played last season. He also got valuable snaps early in training camp this summer while Bishop was sidelined with a calf injury. "With the year in, learning the game a little bit more, a little bit more under my belt with a full offseason, I feel a little bit more comfortable," Smith said.  

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