The NFL League Office has upheld the suspension of Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Erik Walden. Walden had been suspended for ripping off the helmet and head-butting tight end Delanie Walker in the game between the Colts and Tennessee Titans this past Sunday. The Colts ultimately won the game 30-27.
Walden’s appeal was denied and appears to have been merely a matter of going through the process which means he will be out as the 7-3 Colts take on the 6-4 Arizona Cardinals this week on the road. The Colts suddenly find themselves in position to potentially play for a first round bye with the loss of the New England Patriots. The two teams are even now with six games remaining in the season.
The Colts play the Titans again the following week and Walden will be back on the field as presumably will Walker. There will be a lot of eyes on that game to see if Walker or any of his teammates try to dish out some retribution to the Colts linebacker considering the circumstances of the head-butt against their helmetless teammate on top of the fact it is a divisional rivalry. The referees could be quick on the trigger with flags in hopes of keeping control of the game.