OLB Erik Walden is being held in Brown County (Wis.) Jail in Green Bay through the holiday weekend after he was arrested Friday morning for allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend at his Green Bay-area apartment. The incident occurred in the early morning Friday, after the Packers returned from Detroit following their 27-15 win over the Lions on Thursday. Walden, a starter all season, had a game-high eight tackles and is tied for third on the team with three sacks..
RG Josh Sitton will be sidelined indefinitely because of a knee sprain he suffered in the second quarter of Thursday's game. Head coach Mike McCarthy doesn't anticipate Sitton will be available for the team's next game. Evan Dietrich-Smith replaced Sitton against the Lions.
ILB Desmond Bishop aggravated a right calf injury in the first quarter Thursday and didn't play the rest of the game. Rookie D.J. Smith replaced Bishop, who could have a chance to recover in the coming week from the calf strain and play in the Dec. 4 game.
ILB A.J. Hawk suffered a calf strain late in the first half and didn't play in the second half Thursday. Hawk is in the same category as Bishop and could be back for the next game with the team in the midst of a lengthy layoff.
LB Robert Francois replaced Hawk and had a game-turning interception of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in Packers territory in the third quarter. That led to a 65-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones on the next play to put Green Bay ahead 21-0. It was the first interception by Francois in his two-year pro career.
RB James Starks made his second start of the season, just four days after he suffered a knee sprain and an ankle injury in the win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the large lead in hand, the Packers held Starks out after the first series of the third quarter Thursday. He had four carries for 19 yards.
RB Brandon Saine played on offense Thursday for the first time in the four games he's appeared since being promoted from the practice squad. The undrafted rookie out of Ohio State was used as a situational player in the second half and had two carries for 10 yards as well as one catch for 9 yards.