Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden has been given a mid-February trial date for his disorderly conduct-domestic abuse charge, according to ESPN.
Walden pleaded not guilty to charges levied against him by his girlfriend earlier this month. The fourth-year linebacker has not been forced to miss any time as of yet for the abuse charge, and a mid-February trial date would mean that he would be able to play through the Super Bowl if the Packers should make it that far.
Walden was arrested by Brown County police over Thanksgiving weekend after his girlfriend told officers that he “pushed her” during an argument. She later changed her story to say that she had struck Walden first in the argument. Walden was released on $1,000 bond on Monday Nov. 28. The 26-year-old linebacker has recorded 57 tackles and three sacks this season. Last year he tallied 25 tackles and three sacks in nine games for Green Bay.