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On Walden's Illness, Resting Players, Ryan Pickett and Jermichael Finley

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Walden's linebacker spot may be up for grabs - JSOnline. Green Bay Packers LB Erik Walden doesn't want to use it as an excuse, but he had a nasty stomach virus on Saturday and he couldn't eat until shortly before game time on Sunday. If he won't, then I'll use it as an excuse for his lousy game against the Bears. I feel sure he'll play better next week and into the playoffs.

Green Bay Packers news | Notebook: McCarthy mum to players on Sunday game plan | Green Bay Press Gazette. No word yet. I wouldn't be surprised if this remains a secret until game time.

Green Bay Packers news | Pickett eager to shore up run defense | Green Bay Press Gazette. I don't think Ryan Pickett alone can solve all their problems on run defense, but having him return healthy (plus seeing NT Howard Green get over the foot injury that limited him last week) would certainly help. It will also help for Desmond Bishop to shake off some of the rust accumulated after missing four games.

Finley sits out practice, and McCarthy seems a bit miffed - JSOnline. Jermichael Finley said his legs needed the rest, but I think McCarthy wanted more warning time. It appeared to have messed up his practice schedule.