Updated 05:50 AM EDT, Tue, Apr 20, 2021

Colts LB Erik Walden Allegedly Slashed by Ex-GF in Knife Attack!

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Erik Walden, who plays as a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, was reportedly slashed in an alleged knife attack by his ex-girlfriend in Braselton, Georgia, last Saturday night.

Fox Sports said Walden phoned 911 on March 14 after apparently "prying his gun away" from former flame, Erica Palmer, whom he claimed attacked his female companion with a baseball bat which broke her arm. The linebacker said Palmer ran away after the deed.

According to police records cited by IndyStar, Palmer suspected that her ex-boyfriend was seeing another woman. Authorities said that prior to the incident, she parked her car (with her two children still inside) outside Walden's home then entered through the back door.

A few moments later, the NFL player came home with his female companion and they were immediately confronted by Palmer who was armed with Walden's gun and a bat. When Walden snatched the gun from her, Palmer allegedly hit the woman companion with the bat.

But she was not finished yet as Palmer reportedly appeared again while Walden and his female companion were getting ready to go to a hospital. This time she slashed the linebacker's arm using a knife then escaped again on foot.

The police, according to ESPN, were able to track Palmer's cellphone signal to a hotel where they arrested her for two counts of aggravated assault, family violence aggravated assault, theft by taking and first-degree burglary. She is currently being held by authorities at Hall County Jail without bail. Their two children are now placed under the care of Walden.

As for Walden's condition, IndyStar said he has already been released from the hospital. An ESPN source also said that the slash was not severe and will not cause any damage on Walden and his NFL career.

Walden has been playing in the NFL for eight years and he has been part of the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys prior to his signing with the Colts, IndyStar noted. ESPN said that he has recorded 82 tackles and nine sacks for the last two seasons.

A separate ESPN report said that Walden joins linebackers Jonathan Newsome and Bjoern Werner in giving the Colts "the type of pass-rush threat" which will challenge opposing quarterbacks. He had a disappointing first season in Indianapolis in 2013 but he was able to finish with 37 tackles and 6 sacks.

Hopefully, the recent incident will not affect his performance on the field though he has been declared out of danger since he only suffered minor injuries.

Palmer, on the other hand, would have to face the consequences of her action and spend some more time in jail.

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