Tuesday, November 29, 2011
BBAO: Erik Walden's status with Packers
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Barring action from the team, Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden appears free and clear to rejoin his teammates Tuesday when they resume football activities following a long weekend.
Walden, who was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of domestic violence against his girlfriend, was released from jail Monday on a $1,000 signature bond. No formal charges have been filed at this point while investigators continue compiling information and, according to the Associated Press report, "determine if this is a case of miscommunication or if the woman is trying to protect Walden."
The Packers haven't had any comment on the incident other than to acknowledge Friday they were aware of it. Walden has started all 11 games this season. If the Packers decide to remove him from the lineup Sunday against the New York Giants, Frank Zombo would be a candidate to replace him.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- In an interview with Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Packers receiver Donald Driver admitted he sometimes wonders: "Why am I still doing this?"
- Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette looks at the work of new Packers receivers coach Edgar Bennett.
- The Packers are nearing the NFC North title, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
- Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith on the first start of quarterback Caleb Hanie, via Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com: "When you're playing a player for the first time, there has to be a first part for him to get through, for him to see, 'I can do this.' He had a lot of confidence coming in, but you need to get in the game to really see that. I think he was able to do that."
- Hanie made poor decisions on all three of his interceptions, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
- Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz's play calling Sunday makes Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times question his future with the team.
- The Kansas City Chiefs will give new quarterback Kyle Orton a chance to start against his old team Sunday at Soldier Field.
- Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News will be watching how the Detroit Lions handle the fallout of the looming suspension of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
- Suh could conceivably play Sunday at the New Orleans Saints if he appeals the suspension, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
- The Lions re-signed running back Aaron Brown, notes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
- Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier wasn't happy about a lack of communication that prevented him from realizing he should challenge a goal-line play in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The St. Paul Pioneer Press has more.
- Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com wonders if Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is wearing down.
- The Vikings need to sell 3,000 tickets this week to avoid a local television blackout, according to Pelissero.