Walden suspended for season openerWisconsin Sports
-- Green Bay Packers’ linebacker Erik Walden was given a one-game suspension yesterday for violating the N-F-L’s personal conduct policy.
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers’ linebacker Erik Walden was given a one-game suspension yesterday for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
He was arrested for a physical dispute with his live-in girlfriend just hours after the Packers returned home from a victory at Detroit last Thanksgiving. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor domestic abuse charge. He’ll be suspended for the Packers’ regular season opener against San Francisco – if he makes the team, that is.
Walden is fighting to keep his spot on the roster, as first-round draft choice Nick Perry has the inside track as a starter at outside linebacker opposite Clay Matthews. Brad Jones and promising free agent rookie Dezman Moses are also in the mix. Walden signed a one-year contract with Green Bay this spring for 725-thousand dollars and no signing bonus.
Packers’ tight end Jermichael Finley took part in his first full practice with pads yesterday. He suffered a slight concussion last Thursday. And the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement requires a player to practice for two days without pads before going full tilt at training camp. Finley said he did not feel sluggish in his first full workout – and he says he’s ready for a game. He caught an inside slant pass from Aaron Rodgers for a touchdown in yesterday’s scrimmage. And safety Morgan Burnett hit Finley hard on a high pass that fell incomplete. The Packers will practice again this morning. And league commissioner Roger Goodell will make an appearance. Goodell will introduce the team to some of the new officials who are scheduled to replace the regulars, who don’t have a new labor contract.