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Did Colts linebacker really kick ailing Chief while he was down?

Updated: 2014-01-09T17:36:13Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

Surprise, surprise folks, but it turns out some downright dirty stuff can happen on the football field. Shocking, I know.

But when you throw in some playoff intensity, you get what happened in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs' 45-44 loss to Indianapolis on Saturday, when it appears Indianapolis outside linebacker Erik Walden (No. 93) literally kicked running back Knile Davis when he was down. Check this out:

This happens to be the play Davis strained his left knee and suffered a fractured fibia. He did not return to the game. Now, it's hard to say exactly how hard Walden kicks Davis here, but the reaction of Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman (No. 42) in the above replay tells you that something was bogus about the play. So do the actions of Chiefs guard Jeff Allen a few plays later, when he drives Walden to the ground on a running play and gives him a little extra English before he gets up.

To be fair, it's unclear whether the Chiefs provoked Walden's actions at some point earlier in the game. But it's probably worth noting that Walden was suspended one game this season for ripping off the helmet of Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker and head-butting him. Check it out here:

Ironically enough, Walden is a former Chief. He played for them briefly in 2008.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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