GREEN BAY, Wis. With his one-game suspension over, Packers linebacker Erik Walden was reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and re-joined his teammates on Monday.
Walden was arrested late last season on a domestic abuse charge and spent the entire Thanksgiving weekend in jail. Though the charges were later dropped, Walden was suspended by the league eight months later and had to miss Green Bay's season-opening loss Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers.
"It was very tough," Walden said Monday. "You're at home, you're not able to contribute, you're not even able to come to work . . . But, at the same time, I got a lot of time to think. Now it's time to get back to playing football and doing what I love to do."
Walden spent the majority of his week away from the team in Georgia, where he continued working out in preparation for Week 2 of the regular season.
"I know I'm going to be a little rusty," Walden said. "My big thing is probably tackling. Being out of the game for a wee...