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Birk upholds Walden suspension

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One day, two suspensions appealed, both upheld.

According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, hearing officer Matt Birk has sustained the one-game suspension imposed on linebacker Erik Walden for that helmet-to-no-helmet hit on Titans tight end Delanie Walker.

At a base salary of $3 million, Walden will lose $176,470.58 during his one week off.  He’ll also miss an important game against the 6-4 Cardinals in Arizona.

The decision to uphold the Walden suspension and the one-game Dashon Goldson suspension make the NFL 2-0 this week, a pair of key victories for the league after having a string of suspensions either overturned or reduced.

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14 Responses to “Birk upholds Walden suspension”
  1. bigjdve says: Nov 19, 2013 5:28 PM

    Let’s see the Goodell hates try to blame him for this and/or the Goldson suspension.

  2. cakesw says: Nov 19, 2013 5:38 PM

    He deserved this….usually its a tough call, but not this one. He rips the guys helmet off then headbutts the guy with no helmet?

    I’m actually stunned he attempted to protest it.

  3. journeyman36 says: Nov 19, 2013 5:40 PM

    It should have been at least 2 games, but Goodell was scared of getting another one reduced.

  4. AngryHumanoid says: Nov 19, 2013 5:44 PM

    I wonder if they felt obligated to hold up the suspensions after the rash of bad calls this weekend.

  5. ufanforreal says: Nov 19, 2013 5:45 PM

    Colts fan here.
    Walden should of been kicked out of the game plus be suspended.

  6. gbrim says: Nov 19, 2013 5:56 PM

    To control these types of events the league needs to eject players immediately. Immediate punishment is much more effective than delayed punishment, then appeal, then (many times) reduced punishment. Throw them out, then add additional punishment as warrented–they will never get back the game time they cost themselves and their team right when the incident happened.

  7. titansbro says: Nov 19, 2013 6:10 PM

    1 game is laughable for such a blatant act.

  8. sbaltimore says: Nov 19, 2013 7:49 PM

    I can’t believe he only got a 1 game suspension. He should have at least gotten 2 games, because he should have been ejected from the game in which the penalty occurred, but he kept playing. So 1 + 1 still equals 2.

  9. 33vikes says: Nov 19, 2013 8:18 PM

    Walden appealed?!? Great advice! I would have given him 2 minimum.

  10. raiderapologist says: Nov 19, 2013 8:33 PM

    I can’t believe that bum is making 3M.

  11. richcranium2112 says: Nov 19, 2013 9:12 PM

    OMG!! Birk used his head and did the right thing!!

  12. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 19, 2013 9:22 PM

    Birk is someone we laugh at.

  13. tdubdizzle says: Nov 20, 2013 2:04 AM

    A man that can’t play cheats, a man that can’t cheat, fights.

  14. tdubdizzle says: Nov 20, 2013 2:05 AM

    175 thousand would be enough for me start my own business. What do they do with all the money from these fines?

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