The Green Bay Packers have informed inside linebacker Desmond Bishop that they will release him, a source told the Journal Sentinel Monday.

Bishop missed the entire 2012 season with a hamstring injury suffered during the preseason opener last year. As a starter the two years prior, he had 218 tackles, eight sacks and four forced fumbles.

Bishop was set to make $3.464 million this season, part of the four-year, $19 million deal he signed in January 2011. The Journal Sentinel reported last week that the Packers planned to release Bishop unless they could restructure his deal or pull off a trade

When the Packers decided to re-sign Brad Jones and restructure A.J. Hawk's deal — both at starter's money — a financial logjam was created at inside linebacker and Bishop became the odd man out.

The Packers' opinion on players returning from injuries was pretty clear when they released linebacker D.J. Smith, who was coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

In an interview last month, Bishop indicated he'd be ready to participate by training camp, adding he'd be "110%" by August.