The NFL suspended Packers linebacker Erik Walden one game for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, according to several published reports.
#Packers OLB Erik Walden has been suspended one game by the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy.
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) July 31, 2012
The punishment came down from commissioner Roger Goodell as a result of Walden’s role in a disorderly conduct charge last November.
Brown County prosecutors originally charged Walden with felony domestic battery after his live-in girlfriend was taken to the hospital with injuries to her head and hand on Thanksgiving night. Those charges were later reduced, but Walden remained in a Brown County jail for the weekend.
Now, if Walden makes the Packers’ 53-man roster, he’ll be forced to miss the team’s Week 1 contest against the San Francisco 49ers. Walden’s suspension marks the third member of the Packers that will miss Week 1, joining defensive linemen Mike Neal and Anthony Hargrove.
Like Neal and Hargrove, Walden is eligible to participate in all training camp practices and preseason games.
Walden appeared in 15 games for Green Bay last season, tallying 60 tackles, three sacks and one fumble return for a touchdown. Despite losing his starting spot late in the season, Walden re-signed with the Packers for one year this offseason.
Walden received some first-team reps Tuesday but has mostly ran with the second-team defense during training camp.