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D'Qwell Jackson Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

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For his performance in the Colts' week thirteen win over the Redskins, inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

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After the Colts' 49-27 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, much of the focus was on the Colts' offensive performance, but a defensive player has been honored for his play as well.  Inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his week thirteen performance.

Jackson notched 12 tackles (7 solo), 2 tackles for loss, a pass defensed, and also a fumble recovery that he returned 35 yards for a touchdown.  It was the second touchdown of his career. On the season, Jackson has started all 12 games (and played most of the snaps, too) and leads the team with 137 tackles while also recording a career-high 4 sacks.  This is the fourth straight season in which he has topped 100 tackles and the seventh such season of his career.

Jackson joins quarterback Andrew Luck (week three) and punter Pat McAfee (week six) as Colts' players to earn a Player of the Week honor in 2014.  The Colts are the fourth team this season to have an Offensive Player of the Week, a Defensive Player of the Week, and a Special Teams player of the week, joining the Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, and San Diego Chargers.  Additionally, punter Pat McAfee was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September.  For Jackson, this is the second time in his career he has received the Defensive Player of the Week honor, also receiving it in week 12 of the 2012 season when he was with the Cleveland Browns - the Colts' opponent this upcoming Sunday.