Colts’ linebacker D’Qwell Jackson suspended for 4 games after violating PED policy

D'Qwell Jackson

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Suddenly, being in the NFL’s concussion protocol isn’t D’Qwell Jackson’s only problem.

The Indianapolis Colts’ veteran linebacker and leading tackler has been suspended without for the final four games of the regular season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy. Losing four paychecks will cost Jackson $1.294 million.

According to an NFL spokesman, Jackson’s suspension begins immediately, and he’s eligible to return to the active roster Monday, Jan. 2. He would be eligible for the postseason.

The news from the NFL dampens the Colts’ 41-10 win over the New York Jets Monday night, and comes after Jackson was forced from the game with a concussion. Coach Chuck Pagano announced after the game Jackson, along with guard Denzelle Good, was in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Jackson, 33, has been a defensive cornerstone since signing a four-year, $22 million free-agent contract during the 2014 offseason. He’s led the team in tackles each year, including a career-best 193 last season and a team-high 81 this season.

With Jackson out of the mix, the burden at inside linebacker probably shifts to rookie Antonio Morrison and Edwin Jackson.

Jackson’s suspension is the latest blemish for the Colts’ organization.

Defensive tackle Art Jones was suspended for the first four games of this season and linebacker Robert Mathis for the first four games of ’14 for violating the PED policy. Safety LaRon Landry also was hit with a four-game suspension in ’14.

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