There’s only one player in NFL history that’s been ejected from two games in the same season.
Green Bay Packers rookie linebacker Quay Walker now has the stench of that title attached to his name.
Walker made one of the dumbest moves of the season Sunday night in Green Bay’s 20-16 loss to Detroit.
Walker shoved a Lions’ trainer who was trying to attend to injured running D’Andre Swift. Walker was initially penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, then after the league office in New York reviewed the play, he was disqualified.
Walker was also hit with an unsportsmanlike penalty and thrown out of the game in a Week 8 loss at Buffalo. There, Walker pushed Buffalo practice squad tight end Zach Davidson on the Bills’ sideline.
Walker took to Twitter Monday to apologize.
“I want to apologize publicly about what happened Sunday night,” Walker wrote. “I reacted off of my emotions again and take full responsibility of making another stupid decision. Since then I’ve questioned myself on why did I do what I did when the trainer was doing his job!! I was wrong!!
“I understand I have to face everything that comes with the decision I’ve made and I’m definitely paying for it now.”
Television cameras captured Walker crying as he made his way down a tunnel leading to the Packers’ locker room.
“To explain my frustration in the tunnel. I wasn’t upset about being kicked out,” Walker wrote. “I just knew I messed up again and was wrong for what I did and couldn’t believe I did it again. To the Detroit Lions and to the entire training staff including the person I did that too, I’m sorry.”
Walker was the 22nd overall pick in the 2022 draft and one of Green Bay’s two first round draft picks.
Walker had a dreadful score of nine on the 50-question Wonderlic test before last year’s draft. That raised red flags with several general managers.
And while Walker had a solid rookie season, his inability to keep his emotions in check are a huge problem moving forward.
“That is unacceptable,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said afterwards. “I’ve got a much higher standard for our players than to do silly things like that. I mean, we’ve had a guy get ejected twice. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in my career and we’ve got to be much more mentally tough. Any time our guys commit personal fouls I take that very personally because I think that’s always a reflection of myself and the standards that we set for these players. And we’ve got to better and we’ve got to learn from that because that is unacceptable.”
Devonte Wyatt, Green Bay’s second first round draft pick in April, also threw a shoulder into the trainer, but officials and the league office seemed to miss that transgression.
Both players could still face fines or future disciplinary action from the league.