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NFL Suspends Packers LB Walden One Game

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NFL Suspends Packers LB Walden One Game

The NFL suspended Packers linebacker Erik Walden one game for violating the league's personal conduct policy, according to several published reports.

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.

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Nononsense's picture

Thats cool, gives us one more player to get a week long look at before making a decision on keeping that player or Walden.

Mojo's picture

I was going to say the same thing. It's all good.

EP66's picture

Reports on twitter that the commissioner will be at Packers & bares practices on Wednesday. Any connection? Goddell should be visting the Lyin's and taking care of Nick Fairley who's had two arrests but no time lost. I wonder why the special treatment for the Lyin's.

gratif's picture

Cut this hobo

Scott D's picture

funny how beating the crap out of your girlfriend turns an uplifting story into just another NFL thug hopefully some of the younger players step up and this guy is gone

Bearmeat's picture

Yeah - except wasn't she the agressor and he was just trying to keep her off?

It's pretty hard to defend yourself and keep from harming someone who is 1/3 your size that is attacking you.

I am personally getting sick of Goodell's schtick.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Yep.

Scott D's picture

the lions and vikings are always looking to pick up our scraps i'm sure they won't think twice about one little domestic violence charge

Lucky953's picture

I've seen enough of Mr Walden to know he's a backup in this league. I don't think he's been special on special teams either. He helped the Pack win a Super Bowl so I'm grateful but he's not going to be key player this year. If another North team lands him it will mean we have someone better

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