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The Indianapolis Colts today released inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. 

“D’Qwell is a consummate professional,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “The way he approaches the game is second to none. His leadership and mentorship provided a valuable example for the younger players on this team. We are grateful for all of his contributions to the organization and wish him the best.”


Jackson, 6-0, 242 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on March 6, 2014. He has started 140-of-141 career NFL games and totaled 1,350 tackles (838 solo), 19.5 sacks, 42 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) and nine interceptions (two returned for touchdowns). Jackson started all three playoff contests he appeared in and recorded 33 tackles (20 solo), two passes defensed and one interception. He has registered eight-career 100-tackle seasons and has led his team in tackles in eight of his 11 seasons in the NFL.


Jackson led the Colts in tackles in each of his three seasons in Indianapolis. In 2016, he started all 12 games he played in and tallied 82 tackles (56 solo), 1.0 sack, three passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. Jackson recorded a career-high 193 tackles (105 solo) in 2015 and added 3.0 sacks, 10 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one interception (returned for a touchdown). He was selected to his first career Pro Bowl in 2014 after collecting 184 tackles (111 solo), 4.0 sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown).


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