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NFL suspends Packers LB Walden for season opener


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The NFL has suspended Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden for the regular-season opener for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

   The league announced the punishment Tuesday and said Walden would not be paid for the Sept. 9 game against San Francisco.

   In February, Walden reached a deferred judgment agreement to resolve a disorderly conduct-domestic abuse charge without pleading guilty. Walden spent last Thanksgiving weekend in jail after a dispute with his girlfriend.  He agreed to perform 50 hours of community service and continue counseling.

   The fifth-year veteran was re-signed in April after starting 15 games last season, finishing with three sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown. He signed with the Packers as a free agent in October 2010.


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