The 6-foot-3, 245-pound senior from Fairburn, Ga., was enjoying an MVP performance against the Tide before suffering the injury.
Walker had five tackles, two for losses, two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a deflected pass in three quarters, wreaking havoc in the Alabama backfield.
Georgia’s backup outside linebackers weren’t able to have the same sort of success. The Bulldogs young outside linebackers lost contain on crucial plays and allowed Jalen Hurts to buy time and make game-winning plays in Alabama’s 35-28 win.
Walker practiced on a limited basis and dressed out for the Sugar Bowl, but he declined to play, likely concerned he would aggravate the groin injury.
Bulldogs’ cornerback Deandre Baker, a projected first-round NFL Draft pick, also had an invitation to test himself against the nation’s best in the Senior Bowl. Baker, however, declined his invitation to play in the Senior Bowl. Baker also skipped the Sugar Bowl, which, coupled with injuries to Walker and Freshman All-American defensive tackle Jordan Davis, severely hampered the Georgia defense in the 28-21 loss to Texas.