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Green Bay Packers LB Erik Walden gains range, experience in starting role

9:39 PM, Sep. 15, 2011
Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden sacks New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the third quarter of the Sept. 8 season opener at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden sacks New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the third quarter of the Sept. 8 season opener at Lambeau Field.
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Erik Walden keeps being the beneficiary of injury. And each time, he takes advantage.

The Green Bay Packers' starting outside linebacker was signed as a street free agent Oct. 27, 2010, the same day Brad Jones was placed on injured reserve. Walden played sparingly for five weeks until Frank Zombo went down with a knee injury in the second half in Detroit. He made two starts in the next three weeks, including a 16-tackle, three-sack performance against the Bears in the regular-season finale that earned him NFC defensive player of the week honors.

Walden started the first three playoff games ...

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