Erik Walden's suspension lifted by NFL commissioner

GREEN BAY -- The suspension of Green Bay Packers Linebacker Erik Walden has been lifted by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Walden was suspended in July for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. He was eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

To make room for Walden on the roster, the Packers released cornerback Brandian Ross.

In 2011, Walden appeared in all 16 contests and made a career-high 15 starts. He finished fifth on the defense with a career-best 86 tackles (50 solo), along with three sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown. Walden originally signed with the Packers as a free agent in October 2010 and went on to play in nine contests with two starts that season, along with another three starts in the postseason.

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