Jackson had a nice season for the Colts before being suspended for its final four games due to a violation of the NFL's performance enhancing substances policy, racking up 78 combined tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles. The veteran inside linebacker would have been owed $5.5 million of non-guaranteed money in 2017 had the Colts kept him, so it is not necessarily surprising to see him released, especially taking the recent suspension into consideration. Jackson is now entering his 11th season, but still appears to have plenty of gas left in the tank and should find himself on an NFL roster come September.
Jackson (concussion) has been suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star reports.
Jackson's suspension is a big blow as he's one of Indy's best players on a defense that's struggled at the linebacker position. He'll miss the rest of the regular season but could return for the playoffs. He's currently in the concussion protocol, so he'll have four weeks to recover from that injury if the Colts make the postseason.
Jackson had nine total tackles, a sack and a defended a pass in Sunday's win over Tennessee.
After a slow start to the season where he averaged just 5.3 takles per game over his first four games, Jackson is averaging 7.6 tackles over his last six games. However, that's still a decline from the 9.3 tackles per game he averaged last season.
Jackson has now registered nine tackles in two of his last three matchups, and he's averaging 7.5 stops over his last four contests. The veteran has posted at least 140 tackles in four of his last five seasons, and although he's far off that pace through seven games this year, he's certainly someone who can string together a number of double-digit tackle games before the year ends.
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