Erik Walden suspension upheld, will miss Colts vs. Cardinals

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts will be without linebacker Erik Walden on Sunday against the Cardinals.

The NFL has upheld the one-game suspension handed down to Indianapolis Colts linebacker Erik Walden for his headbutt on Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walkeraccording to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Walden used his helmet as a weapon in the Colts' win over the Titans when he smashed his head into Walker, who was not wearing the protective headgear.

Walden will now miss Indianapolis' away game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12. He signed a four-year contract with the Colts this summer and has served as a starter throughout the season. The suspension means that rookie Bjoern Werner may see a big increase in playing time. Another option for Indianapolis is Cam Johnson.

The Colts currently have a strong hold on first place in the AFC South but could be looking to get home-field advantage for a longer period of time by moving up the standings. This trip out west will not be easy, as the Cardinals are currently on a three-game winning streak.

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