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The Colts on Thursday released veteran LB D'Qwell Jackson, who finished the season on a drug suspension. As it stands, 2016 rookies Edwin Jackson and Antonio Morrison look like the leading candidates to start at ILB for Indy in 2017. Of course, we have yet to hit free agency or the NFL Draft

Turns out it won't matter whether LB D'Qwell Jackson's concussion is better by Sunday (at least for his playing status). The league suspended him 4 games for violating the PED policy, which will sideline him for the rest of the season. That leaves rookie Edwin Jackson as the only usable Colts LB in most leagues and further depletes an already weak defense. We'll see if the 33-year-old sticks around for 2017.

Colts ILB D'Qwell Jackson suffered a concussion in Monday night's win over the Jets. He'll need to pass through the league protocol before playing against Houston on Sunday. Having a day less than usual certainly won't help. IDP owners should plan to have someone else in the lineup. Rookie Edwin Jackson will gain further tackle upside if the veteran sits.

Colts ILB D'Qwell Jackson has been found guilty of simple assault for a February 2015 incident. Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports that Jackson turned down a plea deal and will now face April 6 sentencing for the misdemeanor. He could get up to 180 days in jail. Jackson might also be subject to league discipline. We'll see if he loses any 2016 games.

As expected, Colts ILB D'Qwell Jackson (quad) is active for today's game against the Jaguars. Use him as you normally would in your IDP lineup for a high-ceiling matchup with teammate ILB Jerrell Freeman out.

The Colts have ruled out ILB Jerrell Freeman for the 2nd straight game because of a hamstring injury. That again raises the tackle ceiling for D'Qwell Jackson, who's expected to play through a "questionable" tag (quad).

Colts LB D'Qwell Jackson (quad) is officially questionable for Sunday's game against Jacksonville, but it sounds like he'll play. HC Chuck Pagano told Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star: "You know D'Qwell, I know D'Qwell. He's gonna play." So lock him into your IDP lineup unless he shows up inactive.

The Colts have ruled ILB Jerrell Freeman out for Sunday night's game against the Steelers because of a hamstring injury. That increases the upside for D'Qwell Jackson in an otherwise negative matchup for LB scoring.

Colts LB Jerrell Freeman will miss Thursday night's game at Houston because of a groin injury. Freeman didn't even travel with the team Wednesday. We'll see if the extra rest allows him to return for a Week 6 clash with the Patriots. Nate Irving and Sio Moore sit behind the ILB starters on the "unofficial" team depth chart, but Josh McNary played 56 snaps in Week 4's win over Jacksonville after Freeman left in the 1st quarter. His absence boosts D'Qwell Jackson's tackle outlook.

Colts LB Jerrell Freeman will miss his 2nd straight game in Week 3 because of a hamstring injury.  Josh McNary started in Freeman's place Monday night against the Eagles and collected 5 tackles.  He's no option for IDP owners.  The other ILB starter, D'Qwell Jackson, gains tackle upside with Freeman out.  He has moved up our Week 3 IDP rankings.

The Colts have ruled out ILB Jerrell Freeman for Monday night's clash with the Eagles because of a hamstring injury. That adds some tackle upside to the other inside starter, D'Qwell Jackson. We've moved the veteran up our Week 2 IDP rankings. Josh McNary is expected to start in place of Freeman. He has yet to log a start through 2 NFL seasons.

LB D'Qwell Jackson has reached a deal with the Colts.  ESPN reports he'll get $22 million over 4 years, including $11 million guaranteed.  That seems a hefty sum for a 31-year-old ILB whom PFF graded 49th against the run at his position each of the past 2 years.  The money suggests that Jackson will play 3 downs, which would obviously help his IDP value.  Jerrell Freeman's presence -- as the much better player -- hurts a bit, though.  Look for Jackson to settle into low LB3 range in our 2014 IDP rankings.

The Browns have released LB D'Qwell Jackson, and it doesn't sound like they plan to bring him back.  "We want to thank him for his eight years of service and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors," new GM Ray Farmer said in a statement.  The move comes as no surprise.  Jackson had a $4 million roster bonus coming due in March and a $2.6 million base salary for the coming season, and his performance didn't come close to matching that.  Jackson will turn 31 in September and doesn't look like a good bet to land a starting gig elsewhere.

Browns LB Craig Robertson (knee) is inactive today against the Steelers.  Tank Carder will start in his place.  LB D'Qwell Jackson is the only IDP-worthy guy inside for Cleveland, though.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that 2nd-year man Craig Robertson continues to lead the competition to start at ILB next to D'Qwell Jackson.  It also reports that even Robertson "did not make a strong case for himself this spring" in the Browns' new 3-4 scheme under DC Ray Horton.  Robertson is competing with Tank Carder, L.J. Fort and perhaps James-Michael Johnson.  The fact that none has impressed could lead to some kind of rotation, though Horton stuck with the average Paris Lenon at that spot in his Arizona D.  The whole situation helps to remind that Jackson is the star here and could easily challenge for the league tackle lead once again.  Target him in your 2013 IDP fantasy football draft.


New Browns DC Ray Horton said unequivocally in a Thursday radio interview that his defense is going 3-4 next season. The obvious first question for IDP owners is: Whither Jabaal Sheard? He's all OLB in the new front and should hold up fine there. His fantasy value could take a hit with the position eligibility switch, but the new role also could help his pass rushing. Production lagged on that front in his 2nd season. ILB D'Qwell Jackson can play anywhere and should be just fine. DTs Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor must have their roles sorted out. One figures to slide to DE, but it's not clear which would fit such a move better. The Browns will also likely need to seek another OLB starter. Frostee Rucker would be limited at best in that role. James Michael Johnson should be the front runner to start next to Jackson at ILB. He could turn into a sleeper with enough playing time. Paris Lenon played 93.7% of the Cardinals' defensive snaps starting next to ILB Daryl Washington last year.

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Browns ILB D'Qwell Jackson is active for today's rematch with the Ravens. He was questionable with three separate lower-body ailments. That certainly makes Jackson's durability a bit worrisome for IDP owners. Leaving him out of the lineup if he's healthy enough to play, however, is always risky. Jackson delivered 11 tackles in the 1st meeting with Baltimore this year.

Browns MLB D'Qwell Jackson returned to practice today after sustaining a concussion in Week 5. The return appears to put him in line to play against the Bengals on Sunday. We'll be adding him to his usual lofty spot in our weekly LB rankings.

Cleveland played the 2nd half of Sunday's loss to the Giants without MLB D'Qwell Jackson. The defensive leader suffered a concussion in the 2nd quarter. He'll obviously have to pass the mandated tests before he can return. Jackson owners had better find a contingency plan for Week 6 at least.

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