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Report: Walden gets a one-game suspension

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Well, we now know what a helmeted head butt of an unhelmeted player costs.

According to Jay Glazer of FOX, the NFL has suspended Colts linebacker Erik Walden one game for applying a head butt to Titans tight end Delanie Walker, after Walden removed Walker’s helmet by the face mask during a play.

Walden has the right to appeal the suspension, and it will be handled by Ted Cottrell or Matt Birk.

The suspension could have been, and arguably should have been, longer.  The infraction happened after the whistle, and it involved a player’s head.

The process presumably will be expedited, with a decision possibly coming by Wednesday, so that Walden will be able to participate in practice as Indy prepares to play the Cardinals in Arizona.

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33 Responses to “Report: Walden gets a one-game suspension”
  1. thepftpoet says: Nov 18, 2013 1:43 PM

    Well he is a former Green Bay Packer, that already makes him classless…

  2. hyzers says: Nov 18, 2013 1:45 PM

    Suh would have been banished for such barbarism. #doublestandards

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 18, 2013 1:47 PM

    He only hit him in the chin. If a player actually head butts somebody without a helmet on their skull then perhaps the punishment will be far more severe, as it should.

  4. tcostant says: Nov 18, 2013 1:47 PM

    At the time, I could not believe he wasn’t thrown out the game. Sit – think about what you did – no game check (the skins clubs will get by w/o you for one week).

  5. thepftpoet says: Nov 18, 2013 1:48 PM

    Ted Thompson didn’t resign him last year because he knew he would head butt a player that game a year ahead, he can predict the future

    #TedThompsonisagenious

  6. pigpen54 says: Nov 18, 2013 1:51 PM

    I love my colts, I bleed blue, however there is no room for that. Accept responsibility for your actions and move on and improve from it. That’s not colts football, sit, then come back take control and learn from it!

  7. shackdelrio says: Nov 18, 2013 1:51 PM

    Sports are a funny thing.

    Any other line of work and Walden would be out of a job and possibly arrested.

  8. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Nov 18, 2013 1:51 PM

    Consistently inconsistent NFL doesn’t disappoint!!

  9. FinFan68 says: Nov 18, 2013 1:52 PM

    That was the second one in a week. The first was when the Bucs safety headbutted a helmetless Miami player on Monday night.

  10. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Nov 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    What a butt head!

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 18, 2013 1:58 PM

    Revis’ Island is a welcoming place compared to Walden’s Pond.

  12. conormacleod says: Nov 18, 2013 2:00 PM

    But if it happened INSIDE the locker room, that would just be “boys being boys”, and the helmetless player would need to “toughen up” and learn to take his “hazing”. Right?

  13. bennyb82 says: Nov 18, 2013 2:00 PM

    So he will appeal and just get a fine? That is how it works, right?

  14. scoonie97 says: Nov 18, 2013 2:00 PM

    Hitting a helmetless player in the head after a play < hitting a helmeted player in the head during a play

    League of Denial

  15. theguy86 says: Nov 18, 2013 2:01 PM

    hyzers says: Nov 18, 2013 1:45 PM

    Suh would have been banished for such barbarism. #doublestandards

    There is a difference between it being a player’s 1st offense and it being a player’s 8th offense.

  16. thejuddstir says: Nov 18, 2013 2:01 PM

    We have come to expect no less from the NFL. Their entire suspension/fine policy has become a laughing stock. If headbutting with a helmet a helmet-less person only gets you one game suspension then the NFL can expect more of this type of behavior. Walden will appeal it, ex-players will hold court and cut the suspension and implement a small fine. If the NFL wants to truly get serious about player safety then either do it or shut the hell up.

  17. TheRealLogicalVoice says: Nov 18, 2013 2:05 PM

    “The suspension could have been, and arguably should have been, longer. The infraction happened after the whistle, and it involved a player’s head.”

    100% right here but this just proves that QB’s are far more valued. If this had been a QB, he would’ve missed the rest of the season. It’s a terrible double standard.

  18. lightcleric says: Nov 18, 2013 2:10 PM

    Is the NFL really saying that ripping a dude’s helmet off and then headbutting him is the same as a hit made during play? Because this is the same punishment Dashon Goldson and James Harrison were given(though Goldson’s was overturned).

    At least with helmet-to-helmet hits during a play you can say heat of the moment, bang-bang play, etc. This was just disgusting.

  19. phukurmouf says: Nov 18, 2013 2:22 PM

    Walker couldve easily been fined too as he threw a lifeless punch in immediate retaliation which i dont blame the guy as its an instinct but a lil more mustard behind it and it wouldnt have gone unnoticed.

  20. foul83 says: Nov 18, 2013 2:23 PM

    Yeah, that’s cool. At least I’m not dead like Ed Reed’s brother, Torrey Smith’s brother, Wade Philip’s dad, Andy Reid’s son, and Adrian Peterson’s son.

  21. doctormantistoboggan says: Nov 18, 2013 2:25 PM

    Yea, but this doesn’t solve the real problem. Jimmy “Early Times Neat” Irsay needs a 1-year suspension from Twitter…….

  22. logiclevoicesays says: Nov 18, 2013 2:58 PM

    What would have happened if he had done that to Drew Brees? #AtLeastImNotARedskinsFan

  23. charlie12212 says: Nov 18, 2013 3:09 PM

    What about the punch from Walker afterwards? I’d probably punch Walden, too…but, a punch is a punch. Deserved or not, Walker also threw a punch, and that should have drawn something from the league.

  24. dodohead418 says: Nov 18, 2013 3:28 PM

    NFL suspension rulings are beyond stupid!

  25. colinjs27 says: Nov 18, 2013 3:28 PM

    He’s beaten up his girlfriend

    Been benched by the Packers 49ers playoff game because wouldn’t adjust and let Colin K. run past him all ga,e.

    Head buts a guy with no helmet.

    And I’m sorry if you’ve ever heard him talk.

    All this adds up to to him being a really sweet dude.

  26. hendeeze says: Nov 18, 2013 3:28 PM

    He’s probably still salty from the last time he seen delanie. Delaine and co. Did end up exposing Walden on route to a record breaking game afterall

  27. coachkilla6 says: Nov 18, 2013 3:42 PM

    Peanut Tillman throws punches every game. Only a small percentage actually jar the ball loose. The rest end up hitting the offensive player in the forearms and chest.

    When will the league fine/suspend Tillman?

  28. groleo45 says: Nov 18, 2013 3:49 PM

    Suh gets 2 games for stepping on an arm, Walden gets one for ripping off a helmet then headbutting the man…player safety is CLEARLY the NFL’s top priority.

  29. dalvar1001 says: Nov 18, 2013 4:11 PM

    Dick Butkus Chuck Beneric close your eyes..

  30. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 18, 2013 4:17 PM

    Eric Walden is still a better father than Adrian Peterson.

  31. kwjsb says: Nov 18, 2013 4:55 PM

    It seems 2 handed choking is the only thing that is OK with the league.

  32. imthaschmidt says: Nov 18, 2013 5:26 PM

    As a titans fan who grew up in indiana with the rest of my family being colts fan this is about as unnacceptable as it gets. for 1 the colts are a classy organization and for 2 this guy should literally be on a 2-3 game suspension without pay. Hit him where it hurts and thats in the pockets.

  33. headonaswivel says: Nov 18, 2013 7:43 PM

    Drew Brees demands and explanation.

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