Well, it looks like Erik Walden has just won the battle for the outside linebacker spot opposite Clay Matthews.
Frank Zombo had suffered a broken scapula (or shoulder blade) during pregame warms-ups before the Packers victory over the Arizona Cardinals Friday night. Despite that, he went on to play versus Arizona. It's unclear whether or not his decision further damaged his shoulder, but what is clear is that he will miss a significant amount of time.
"Honestly, I just thought it was a bruise," Zombo stated regarding the pregame situation. "It hurt, but I really didn't think anything was broken. I thought it was just a serious bruise and I'd just get treated afterward and the swelling would go down and I'd be all right."
Walden had a very good chance at winning the starting spot before this injury happened, so the team should be just fine when it comes to their starting linebacking unit.
However, this injury leaves the team with some depth issues.
As of now, the four starters would be Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk, Desmond Bishop and Erik Walden. Brad Jones is the next outside linebacker available, followed by rookie Ricky Elmore. At inside linebacker they have another rookie in D.J. Smith, and veteran Robert Francois.
I think the Packers will be just fine if Zombo is out for a while—that is, if the current starters can remain healthy themselves.
Frank Zombo was a big contributor last season and recorded a sack in the Super Bowl, but I believe Erik Walden will do just fine.
In Week 17, in a must-win game versus the rival Chicago Bears, Walden recorded 13 tackles and three sacks.
And again, if Walden can be consistent this season, the Packers should be just fine despite Frank Zombo's injury.
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