NFL roundup: Packers release LB Bishop

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Shopped during and since the draft in April, linebacker Desmond Bishop finally saw his days with the Green Bay Packers end Monday.

Bishop, due $3,464,000 in base salary for the upcoming season, was released by the Packers, who are deep at linebacker.

Bishop, 28, is likely to be a target for teams needing help at linebacker, and NFL.com reported Bishop is scheduled to visit the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday.

. Bishop can play strong-side linebacker in the 4-3 defense but was an inside linebacker in Green Bay's 3-4 scheme.

He signed a four-year, $19 million contract with the Packers in January 2011, but he missed the 2012 season with a ruptured hamstring suffered in the preseason opener last August.

Brad Jones, a seventh-round pick in 2007, and 2012 fifth-rounder Terrell Manning are capable of stepping in alongside AJ Hawk.

---Former Green Bay wide receiver Donald Driver told Fox Sports Wisconsin that he would come out of retirement if the Packers asked him to come back.

Driver, who retired in February, said at his charity softball game Sunday that he would unretire only to play for the Packers.

---Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano received the George Halas Award on by the Pro Football Writers of America.

The Halas Award is given annually to an NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.

Pagano was forced to take a leave of absence following the third game of the season after being diagnosed with leukemia. After three months in a hospital and undergoing multiple rounds of chemotherapy, Pagano returned to the team late in the season.

---Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson was released from jail after apologizing to a Florida judge for showing a lack of respect while in court last week.

Johnson, 35, was in a Broward County court June 10 because of a probation violation. Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh sentenced Johnson to 30 days in jail after he slapped his attorney's backside during the proceedings.

McHugh reduced Johnson's jail term to seven days after accepting his apology.

---HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Cincinnati Bengals jointly announced that the Bengals will be the subject of the HBO reality series "Hard Knocks" this summer.

The show, which closely follows an NFL team during training camp, will make its season debut Aug. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

---Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones will speak at the NFL Rookie Symposium next week, despite recently being arrested for assault.

Jones, who had several brushes with the law early in his career, spoke to rookies at last year's symposium.

---Scott Pioli is bringing two decades of scouting experience to NBC's NFL studio show, "Football Night in America," which airs Sunday nights during the regular season.

Pioli was hired to work for all NBC Sports properties and will be part of the weekday Pro Football Talk studio show with host Mike Florio, who operates the PFT website.

---The woman who falsely accused linebacker Brian Banks of rape in 2002 has to pay $2.6 million in damages to the Long Beach Unified School District, according to multiple reports.

Banks, then a football star at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School and given a scholarship to USC, spent five years in prison and five more on probation.

Accuser Wanetta Gibson was awarded $1.5 million after suing the school district, citing an unsafe environment. Gibson admitted in 2012 that she lied about the incident.

---The San Francisco 49ers and Yahoo! jointly announced that Yahoo! will be the exclusive online sports content, social networking, and photo and video sharing provider for the team and Levi's Stadium.

The 10-year deal begins in 2014 when the 49ers move into Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

---Members of an Atlanta radio station were suspended after they made light of former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason's battle with ALS.

Sports radio station 790 The Zone confirmed Monday that all personnel involved in the segment on the "Mayhem in the A.M." morning show will be off the air indefinitely, according to multiple reports.

The people were suspended for presenting a mock interview with Gleason that used a robotic voice to represent Gleason, who has lost his ability to speak. According to NFL.com, they also joked about Gleason's life expectancy. He is 36.
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