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LB Erik Walden (Scott Boehm/Getty)

The Packers have used five players at outside linebacker opposite Clay Matthews, with Erik Walden being the best of the bunch. Walden is trying to fight through a sprained ankle to play in Sunday's Super Bowl.

It's one of football's tried and true clichés: next man up. The thinking is that when a starter goes down, the backup takes his spot and it's business as usual. No excuses. No drop-off. Play on. While that's a nice thought, it's rarely the case. Then there's right outside linebacker Erik Walden. He was not the next man up. Or even the next man after that. Nope, signed off the street on Oct. 2...

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