Colts OLB Erik Walden suspended and will appeal

Colts OLB Erik Walden probably did a bone-head move on Thursday in the second quarter of the Colts vs. Titans game when he ripped Titans TE Delanie Walker’s helmet and headbutt him right after. This caused a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after going through two penalties from the defense which resulted extending the Titans field goal drive.

Many sports writers like Mike Wells of ESPN.com thought that Walden should have been ejected from the game. Walker thought the same thing as he stated on an interview with Jim Wyatt of Tennessean.com, “He got frustrated, and he should have been ejected for what he did. That’s bush league and that’s the type of stuff we don’t need in this league.”

The good thing for Walker is that Walden has been informed that he has been suspended with no pay. However, the suspension is only for one game which means that once Walden’s suspension is over the Colts will host a division game against the Titans which will be round two if Walden does not get benched for his actions on Thursday. It could be entertaining to say the least.

Walker is ready for Walden if he does play on December 1st. “I whupped on him the whole game, and I’m going to whup on him again in two weeks,” Walker said. “We are not cool. That type of stuff doesn’t belong in the NFL.”

Walden will appeal his suspension which is not a surprise because players tend to appeal suspensions no matter if they do not have a chance to win.

If Walden loses his appeal then either rookie OLB Bjoern Werner or OLB Cam Johnson will start over at his place when the Colts face the Cardinals on Sunday. It seems more likely that Werner and Johnson will share defensive snaps as Werner just came off an injury a couple of weeks ago.

UPDATE: According to Mike Chappell of Indystar.com, the league upheld its original ruling which will suspend Erik Walden for one game (vs. Cardinals). Walden will return to face against the Titans next Sunday if he is not benched by the Colts coaching staff.