Stamps release Bishop
By WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
|Michael Bishop (L) hands off to fellow QB Brad Sinopoli in practice at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta on June 29, 2011. (STUART DRYDEN/QMI AGENCY)
CALGARY - Bye, bye Bishop.
One day after second-string quarterback Drew Tate returned to practice, the Calgary Stampeders released emergency fill-in Michael Bishop.
Bishop, who suited up for five regular-season games with the Red & White, was not on the practice field Wednesday morning. Although his release is certainly no surprise, the timing of the move shows the Stamps are confident Tate is completely recovered from a dislocated right shoulder and could take snaps in Saturday’s meeting with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
In his brief stint with the Stamps, the 35-year-old Bishop registered 17 rushing yards and one touchdown on six carries in short-yardage situations.
After Tuesday’s practice, he told reporters he was satisfied with what he’d shown Stamps boss John Hufnagel in his audition with the team.
“Every time that I had an opportunity to go in and contribute, get a first down, I went in and got the job done,” Bishop said after Tuesday’s practice. “Crucial situations, when we needed that first down and my number was called, I went in and got it done. So I feel like I did my part, did what I was asked to do. If that expands to more, that’s not my control.
“When your number is called, everybody is depending on you and you’ve gotta get it done. Every time I went in, we got the first down and kept the offence on the field. So I’m pleased with my efforts.”
Bishop, whose CFL resume also includes time in Toronto, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, is likely headed home to Texas. It wouldn’t be a shock if the five-week stint in Calgary was the final stop of his three-down football career, although he could get a call if another team needs a short-term injury replacement.