Friday, November 25, 2011
Will Packers suspend Erik Walden?
By Kevin Seifert
Every arrest is different and no organization has identical policies for handling them. But there is some NFL precedent for how teams deal with the kind of incident that landed Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden in jail early Friday morning.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook has been on various levels of suspension since he was arrested last month for felony strangulation in a domestic incident with his girlfriend. (A second charge of assault has since been added.) Walden, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of felony domestic violence-substantial battery following an incident with his girlfriend. He will be jailed until Monday morning because courts are closed over the holiday weekend.
I'm in no way suggesting the Packers will suspend Walden, or that they necessarily should. I'm just saying NFL teams regard such incidents seriously and that it would be wrong to assume Walden will be available for the Packers' next game, scheduled for Dec. 4 at the New York Giants.
The Packers have an available replacement in Frank Zombo, who has struggled with injuries this season. Zombo was inactive for Thursday's game against the Detroit Lions, but is healthy and available to play if needed.