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Erik Walden Goes From Street Free Agent To NFC Player Of The Week

January 6, 2011

Up until October 27, 2010 Packers’ linebacker Erik Walden was not even on an NFL roster. On that fateful October day, Walden signed a contract with the injury-ravaged Green Bay Packers. Two and a half months later, Walden was named the NFC player of the week for his 16 tackle, 3 sack performance against the Chicago Bears.

From obscurity to stardom, Walden has kept his focus on the Packers’ next opponent: the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I won’t be a secret this week,” Walden told reporters. “I’m looking forward to [the Eagles game]. I’m going to make sure I prepare myself to the max and do whatever I can do to help us win.”

Walden was originally credited with 11 tackles and 2 sacks, but after reviewing the tape, the Packers’ coaching staff refigured the totals to 16 tackles – tying a single-game high this season – and 3 sacks.

The rise of Walden means opponents may no longer be able to double-team his counterpart, Clay Matthews. And the Eagles know all too well what Clay Matthews can do. Back in week 1, Matthews knocked then Eagles’ starting quarterback Kevin Kolb out of the game and finished with 3 sacks of his own. With the speed of Matthews and Walden on the edges, the Eagles may, once again, have their hands full with the Packers defense this Sunday.

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