The Indianapolis Colts moved into a tie for first place in the AFC South with their win on Monday night, but their run at the postseason will come without their leading tackler. The team announced on Tuesday that linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has been suspended four games – the remainder of the regular season – for violating the league’s PED policy.
Jackson leads the Colts with 78 tackles to go with one sack. He hasn’t missed a single start since 2010 when he was with the Browns.
This is a huge blow for the Colts, who are right in the thick of the postseason race. In the next four games, the Colts will face Lamar Miller, Jerick McKinnon (or Adrian Peterson, depending on his recovery), Latavius Murray and Chris Ivory.
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It’s not the most daunting slate of running backs, but the Colts’ run defense will be hurting without Jackson in the fold.
Statement released by @NFL regarding D'Qwell Jackson suspension.