Players

Erik Walden
OLB #93
Height:
6-2
Weight:
250
Age:
28
College:
Middle Tennessee State
Hometown:
Dublin, GA
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
45
SCK
3.0
FF
1
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 199 135 64 12.0 0 10 2 22 -- 20 0 2 2
2013 IND 15 15 45 26 19 3.0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2012 GB 15 9 46 27 19 3.0 -- 4 2 22 11 20 0 0 --
2011 GB 16 15 60 41 19 3.0 0 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2010 GB 9 2 25 21 4 3.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2010 MIA 2 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 MIA 11 0 8 7 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2008 MIA 6 0 5 4 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2008 KC 9 0 10 9 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 OAK W 21-17 3 1 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 MIA L 20-24 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @SF W 27-7 1 0 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @JAC W 37-3 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 SEA W 34-28 4 3 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
6 @SD L 9-19 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 DEN W 39-33 3 1 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
9 @HOU W 27-24 4 4 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 STL L 8-38 2 0 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 @TEN W 30-27 4 3 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 TEN W 22-14 4 2 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 @CIN L 28-42 4 1 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 HOU W 25-3 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 @KC W 23-7 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 JAC W 30-10 5 1 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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CAREER TRANSACTIONS:

  • Signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013.
  • Signed by the Green Bay Packers on October 27, 2010.
  • Released by the Miami Dolphins on September 28, 2010.
  • Signed by the Dolphins on September 13, 2010.
  • Waived by the Dolphins on September 4, 2010.
  • Acquired from waivers by the Dolphins on November 19, 2008.
  • Released by the Kansas City Chiefs on November 18, 2008
  • Acquired from waivers by the Chiefs on August 31, 2008.
  • Released by the Dallas Cowboys on August 30, 2008.
  • Originally selected by the Cowboys in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

 

PRO CAREER:

  • Became a full-time starter for the first time in his career in 2011, opening the first 15 games at right outside linebacker and setting or tying his career highs in every major statistical category.
  • Recovered his first career fumble and returned it five yards for his first career touchdown against the Oakland Raiders on December 11, 2011.
  • Took advantage of his second career starting assignment, earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his Week 17 performance against Chicago in 2010 when he recorded a career-high 3.0 sacks and a career-best 16 tackles.

 

2012 (PACKERS):

  • Appeared in 15 games with nine starts and registered 69 tackles (38 solo), a career-high-tying 3.0 sacks, his first two career interceptions and five passes defensed.
  • Made his season debut in Week 2 against Chicago (9/13) and finished with five tackles (three solo) and a half of a sack.
  • Finished with seven tackles (four solo) at Seattle (9/24).
  • Received his first start of the season, finishing with three tackles (two solo) and a career-high three passes defensed at Indianapolis (10/7).
  • Was the defense’s game ball recipient at St. Louis (10/21) after leading the unit with 12 tackles (eight solo) and a half of a sack. The tackle total was the second highest of his career (16 in Week 17 of 2010).
  • Tallied four tackles (two solo), four quarterback hits and his first career interception against Arizona (11/4).
  • Finished with nine tackles (eight solo) and 2.0 sacks at Detroit (11/18), marking his first multi-sack outing since the regular season finale in 2010 when he posted 3.0 against Chicago.
  • Finished with eight tackles (three solo) and two quarterback hits vs. Detroit (12/9).
  • Collected his second interception of the season against Tennessee (12/23).
  • Recorded seven tackles (two solo) and a quarterback hit at Minnesota (12/30).
  • Registered four tackles (two solo), 1.0 sack, three pressures and three quarterback hits in an NFC Wild Card Playoff game against Minnesota (1/5/13).

 

2011 (PACKERS):

  • Started the first 15 games and finished fifth on the team with a career-high 86 tackles (50 solo), 3.0 sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery that he returned for his first career touchdown.
  • Also added a tackle and a forced fumble on special teams.
  • Opened the regular season as a starter for the first time in his pro career and ended with six tackles (four solo), 1.0 sack and a pass defensed against New Orleans (9/8).
  • Finished with five tackles (three solo, two for loss), a team-leading six quarterback hits and a pass defensed at San Diego (11/8). Picked up his second sack of the season when he dropped quarterback Philip Rivers for a one-yard loss in the third quarter.
  • Led the defense with a season-high 11 tackles (six solo, one for loss) and his third sack of the season against Tampa Bay (11/20). The third sack of the season matched his career-high set in 2010.
  • Finished as the team’s leading tackler for the second consecutive week with 10 stops (seven solo), while adding three quarterback hits at Detroit (11/24).
  • Finished with five tackles (three solo) and his first career fumble recovery that he returned five yards for a touchdown against Oakland (12/11). Became the franchise-record 19th player on the Packers roster to score a touchdown in 2011, the fifth on defense.
  • Recorded a forced fumble on his first special teams tackle of the season against Detroit (1/1).

 

2010 (DOLPHINS/PACKERS)

  • Played in the final nine regular season games for Green Bay with a then-career-high two starts after joining the team as a free agent on October 27.
  • Posted 31 tackles (19 solo), 3.0 sacks and a pass defensed, while adding four tackles on special teams.
  • Started the first three postseason contests before being sidelined with an ankle injury for Super Bowl XLV against Pittsburgh.
  • Posted 15 tackles (nine solo), 1.0 sack and a forced fumble in the playoffs.
  • Spent training camp with the Dolphins but was waived on September 4. Was re-signed on September 13 and played in two games.
  • Registered two solo tackles at Detroit (12/12).
  • Earned his first career start at New England (12/19) and led the team with nine tackles (four solo).
  • Led the team with career highs in sacks (3.0) and tackles (16) on his way to earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors against Chicago (1/2/11). Became the first NFL player to have his first career sack come as part of a 3.0-sack game since Cleveland linebacker Andra Davis (4.0 sacks, at Kansas City, 11/9/03).
  • Started and registered a team-high eight tackles (five solo), 1.0 sack and a forced fumble in an NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Philadelphia (1/9/11).
  • Started and recorded four tackles (two solo), three quarterback hits and a pair of quarterback pressures in an NFC Divisional Playoff game at Atlanta (1/15/11).
  • Got the start and registered three tackles (two solo) and two quarterback hits before leaving with an ankle injury in the third quarter of the NFC Championship game at Chicago (1/23/11).
  • Was inactive in Super Bowl XLV against Pittsburgh (2/6/11).

 

2009 (DOLPHINS):

  • Played in 11 games for the Dolphins and recorded eight special teams tackles.
  • Was inactive for five contests.
  • Registered a season-high three tackles on special teams against Buffalo (10/4).

 

2008 (CHIEFS/DOLPHINS):

  • Joined the Cowboys as a sixth round draft pick in April but was released in the final roster reduction on August 30. Claimed off waivers the next day by Kansas City and played in nine games for the Chiefs.
  • Recorded 10 special teams tackles in Kansas City, tied for second on the team at the time he was released on November 18. Was claimed off waivers by Miami the next day.
  • Played in six games for the Dolphins and posted five special teams stops.
  • Made his NFL playoff debut with the Dolphins in an AFC Wild Card Playoff game against Baltimore (1/4/09).

 

COLLEGE:

  • A two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection at defensive end at Middle Tennessee State who finished his career as the school’s all-time sack leader with 22.5.
  • Played in 44 games with 34 starts and posted 152 tackles, including 40 for loss, one interception, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed.
  • Voted a First Team All-Sun Belt selection by the league’s coaches and media as a senior.
  • Played in 10 games with nine starts, missing two contests with a toe injury, and recorded 46 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, an interception, one forced fumble, two passes defensed and a safety.
  • Named First Team All-Sun Belt, starting 13 games and setting a single-season school record with 11.5 sacks as a junior. The sack total ranked No. 10 nationally.
  • Totaled a career-high 48 tackles, including 14.5 for loss, plus three forced fumbles and a recovery.
  • Played in 11 games with starts at two different positions (five at defensive end, three at linebacker) as a sophomore.
  • Posted 33 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, two passes defensed and a forced fumble.
  • Played in 10 games with four starts, leading the team with 6.0 sacks and tying for the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss as a freshman.
  • Had 25 tackles and one forced fumble.

 

PERSONAL:

  • Named an Associated Press first-team choice as a senior after leading Dublin (Ga.) High School to a 14-1 record in 2002 and a berth in the state title game.
  • Was a Macon Telegraph First Team All-Middle Georgia selection and the Courier-Herald Heart of Georgia Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Had 97 tackles and a school-record 19.0 sacks as a senior, plus 11 additional tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
  • Also played running back, posting 837 yards of total offense, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and scoring 12 touchdowns (eight rushing, four receiving).
  • Lettered in football, basketball and track, and was an all-state selection on the hardwood following both his junior and senior seasons.
  • Participated in the Donald Driver Celebrity Softball Game and also attended the Edgar Bennett Bowl-A-Thon benefiting the Angel Fund in June of 2012.
  • Earned his degree in physical education.
  • A native of Dublin, Ga.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:

  • Signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013.
  • Signed by the Green Bay Packers on October 27, 2010.
  • Released by the Miami Dolphins on September 28, 2010.
  • Signed by the Dolphins on September 13, 2010.
  • Waived by the Dolphins on September 4, 2010.
  • Acquired from waivers by the Dolphins on November 19, 2008.
  • Released by the Kansas City Chiefs on November 18, 2008
  • Acquired from waivers by the Chiefs on August 31, 2008.
  • Released by the Dallas Cowboys on August 30, 2008.
  • Originally selected by the Cowboys in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

 

PRO CAREER:

  • Became a full-time starter for the first time in his career in 2011, opening the first 15 games at right outside linebacker and setting or tying his career highs in every major statistical category.
  • Recovered his first career fumble and returned it five yards for his first career touchdown against the Oakland Raiders on December 11, 2011.
  • Took advantage of his second career starting assignment, earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his Week 17 performance against Chicago in 2010 when he recorded a career-high 3.0 sacks and a career-best 16 tackles.

 

2012 (PACKERS):

  • Appeared in 15 games with nine starts and registered 69 tackles (38 solo), a career-high-tying 3.0 sacks, his first two career interceptions and five passes defensed.
  • Made his season debut in Week 2 against Chicago (9/13) and finished with five tackles (three solo) and a half of a sack.
  • Finished with seven tackles (four solo) at Seattle (9/24).
  • Received his first start of the season, finishing with three tackles (two solo) and a career-high three passes defensed at Indianapolis (10/7).
  • Was the defense’s game ball recipient at St. Louis (10/21) after leading the unit with 12 tackles (eight solo) and a half of a sack. The tackle total was the second highest of his career (16 in Week 17 of 2010).
  • Tallied four tackles (two solo), four quarterback hits and his first career interception against Arizona (11/4).
  • Finished with nine tackles (eight solo) and 2.0 sacks at Detroit (11/18), marking his first multi-sack outing since the regular season finale in 2010 when he posted 3.0 against Chicago.
  • Finished with eight tackles (three solo) and two quarterback hits vs. Detroit (12/9).
  • Collected his second interception of the season against Tennessee (12/23).
  • Recorded seven tackles (two solo) and a quarterback hit at Minnesota (12/30).
  • Registered four tackles (two solo), 1.0 sack, three pressures and three quarterback hits in an NFC Wild Card Playoff game against Minnesota (1/5/13).

 

2011 (PACKERS):

  • Started the first 15 games and finished fifth on the team with a career-high 86 tackles (50 solo), 3.0 sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery that he returned for his first career touchdown.
  • Also added a tackle and a forced fumble on special teams.
  • Opened the regular season as a starter for the first time in his pro career and ended with six tackles (four solo), 1.0 sack and a pass defensed against New Orleans (9/8).
  • Finished with five tackles (three solo, two for loss), a team-leading six quarterback hits and a pass defensed at San Diego (11/8). Picked up his second sack of the season when he dropped quarterback Philip Rivers for a one-yard loss in the third quarter.
  • Led the defense with a season-high 11 tackles (six solo, one for loss) and his third sack of the season against Tampa Bay (11/20). The third sack of the season matched his career-high set in 2010.
  • Finished as the team’s leading tackler for the second consecutive week with 10 stops (seven solo), while adding three quarterback hits at Detroit (11/24).
  • Finished with five tackles (three solo) and his first career fumble recovery that he returned five yards for a touchdown against Oakland (12/11). Became the franchise-record 19th player on the Packers roster to score a touchdown in 2011, the fifth on defense.
  • Recorded a forced fumble on his first special teams tackle of the season against Detroit (1/1).

 

2010 (DOLPHINS/PACKERS)

  • Played in the final nine regular season games for Green Bay with a then-career-high two starts after joining the team as a free agent on October 27.
  • Posted 31 tackles (19 solo), 3.0 sacks and a pass defensed, while adding four tackles on special teams.
  • Started the first three postseason contests before being sidelined with an ankle injury for Super Bowl XLV against Pittsburgh.
  • Posted 15 tackles (nine solo), 1.0 sack and a forced fumble in the playoffs.
  • Spent training camp with the Dolphins but was waived on September 4. Was re-signed on September 13 and played in two games.
  • Registered two solo tackles at Detroit (12/12).
  • Earned his first career start at New England (12/19) and led the team with nine tackles (four solo).
  • Led the team with career highs in sacks (3.0) and tackles (16) on his way to earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors against Chicago (1/2/11). Became the first NFL player to have his first career sack come as part of a 3.0-sack game since Cleveland linebacker Andra Davis (4.0 sacks, at Kansas City, 11/9/03).
  • Started and registered a team-high eight tackles (five solo), 1.0 sack and a forced fumble in an NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Philadelphia (1/9/11).
  • Started and recorded four tackles (two solo), three quarterback hits and a pair of quarterback pressures in an NFC Divisional Playoff game at Atlanta (1/15/11).
  • Got the start and registered three tackles (two solo) and two quarterback hits before leaving with an ankle injury in the third quarter of the NFC Championship game at Chicago (1/23/11).
  • Was inactive in Super Bowl XLV against Pittsburgh (2/6/11).

 

2009 (DOLPHINS):

  • Played in 11 games for the Dolphins and recorded eight special teams tackles.
  • Was inactive for five contests.
  • Registered a season-high three tackles on special teams against Buffalo (10/4).

 

2008 (CHIEFS/DOLPHINS):

  • Joined the Cowboys as a sixth round draft pick in April but was released in the final roster reduction on August 30. Claimed off waivers the next day by Kansas City and played in nine games for the Chiefs.
  • Recorded 10 special teams tackles in Kansas City, tied for second on the team at the time he was released on November 18. Was claimed off waivers by Miami the next day.
  • Played in six games for the Dolphins and posted five special teams stops.
  • Made his NFL playoff debut with the Dolphins in an AFC Wild Card Playoff game against Baltimore (1/4/09).

 

COLLEGE:

  • A two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection at defensive end at Middle Tennessee State who finished his career as the school’s all-time sack leader with 22.5.
  • Played in 44 games with 34 starts and posted 152 tackles, including 40 for loss, one interception, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed.
  • Voted a First Team All-Sun Belt selection by the league’s coaches and media as a senior.
  • Played in 10 games with nine starts, missing two contests with a toe injury, and recorded 46 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, an interception, one forced fumble, two passes defensed and a safety.
  • Named First Team All-Sun Belt, starting 13 games and setting a single-season school record with 11.5 sacks as a junior. The sack total ranked No. 10 nationally.
  • Totaled a career-high 48 tackles, including 14.5 for loss, plus three forced fumbles and a recovery.
  • Played in 11 games with starts at two different positions (five at defensive end, three at linebacker) as a sophomore.
  • Posted 33 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, two passes defensed and a forced fumble.
  • Played in 10 games with four starts, leading the team with 6.0 sacks and tying for the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss as a freshman.
  • Had 25 tackles and one forced fumble.

 

PERSONAL:

  • Named an Associated Press first-team choice as a senior after leading Dublin (Ga.) High School to a 14-1 record in 2002 and a berth in the state title game.
  • Was a Macon Telegraph First Team All-Middle Georgia selection and the Courier-Herald Heart of Georgia Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Had 97 tackles and a school-record 19.0 sacks as a senior, plus 11 additional tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
  • Also played running back, posting 837 yards of total offense, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and scoring 12 touchdowns (eight rushing, four receiving).
  • Lettered in football, basketball and track, and was an all-state selection on the hardwood following both his junior and senior seasons.
  • Participated in the Donald Driver Celebrity Softball Game and also attended the Edgar Bennett Bowl-A-Thon benefiting the Angel Fund in June of 2012.
  • Earned his degree in physical education.
  • A native of Dublin, Ga.
 

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