The NFL has finally come down with a ruling on Green Bay Packers’ linebacker Erik Walden. The league has suspended him for one game after he was charged with battery last Thanksgiving weekend which sent his girlfriend to the hospital. However, Walden’s girlfriend later changed her story and Walden was soon released out of jail.
Walden was a starting outside linebacker for the Packers last season starting in 15 games while accumulating only three sacks. This season his role with the team will go down after the Packers drafted linebacker Nick Perry to take his spot in the lineup. Walden has been a disappointment for Green Bay and this is not his first time getting in trouble with the law.
Walden was a free agent this offseason and it was assumed that the Packers would let him walk considering his off the field problems and his lack of success on the field. However, they signed him to a one-year deal for the 2012 season. The move seems baffling, but don’t be surprised if this is Walden’s last year with the team.
The suspension doesn’t prohibit Walden from missing any preseason games or training camp. However, Walden does become the third player on the Packers’ roster to be suspending for Week 1 of the season. Green Bay has already lost Anthony Hargrove for eight games after the NFL suspending him for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Also the Packers will be without Mike Neal who is suspended for the first four games this season for taking performance-enhancing drugs.
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