Walden, who was arrested early last Friday morning as a result of a domestic incident but has yet to be charged, spoke with reporters in the locker room on Tuesday after having spent the weekend in jail. He gained his release on a signature bond on Monday and has another court hearing scheduled for next week.
He issued the following statement before taking a few questions: “First off, I’d like to thank the most high for helping me get through this matter,” he said. “Second, I want to apologize to the entire organization, my teammates, and the fans. It’s an ongoing process. I respect that process, and it’s just unfortunate that I brought something negative from so much positive that’s going on with this organization. I’m cooperating fully.”
When asked if the situation will prevent him from playing on Sunday, Walden referred the question to Head Coach Mike McCarthy, who will speak to the media on Wednesday. Walden did say he has resigned himself to the fact that he may not play.
“I feel terrible about the situation,” he said.
Teammates expressed their support for Walden but don’t believe the situation will distract the team during its current unbeaten season.
“I don’t think it’s that much of a distraction,” inside linebacker
Bishop, who left last Thursday’s game against Detroit with a calf injury, said he’s feeling better and would wait until later in the week to see if he’s up to playing at New York.
“It’s not easy to come off the sidelines,” Sitton said, referring to Dietrich-Smith’s duty. “You’re not warmed up. It can happen just as quickly as it did. I’m proud of the way he came in and played.”
Dietrich-Smith ended up being on the wrong end of Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s ejection-inducing behavior, which got Suh suspended for two games by the league. The suspension was announced Tuesday morning.
Reaction to the suspension by the Packers was indifferent, at best. Sitton said he didn’t care and that “it’s in the past,” while teammates echoed that sentiment.
“It’s over,” left guard
The Packers do feel the four-day break they received following their Thanksgiving victory will help with that focus. The players returned to the team facility on Tuesday for meetings and film review, and they’ll be back on the practice field on Wednesday for a normal week of preparation.
“We hit that stretch of three games in 11 days and that was physically taxing on everybody,” fullback