The number of Colts players who will be participating in this Sunday's Pro Bowl has continued to grow, as this morning we mentioned that safety Mike Adams was named as an alternate, and now inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has also been named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate - both replacing Seahawks' defenders who won't participate in the game due to playing in the Super Bowl.
D'Qwell Jackson notched 140 tackles (leading the AFC), four sacks (a career high), a forced fumble, four fumble recoveries (one of which he took back for a touchdown), and a pass deflection. And, while the Pro Bowl is a regular season nomination, Jackson did pick off a Tom Brady pass in the AFC Championship game.
While his stat line is impressive, he didn't have nearly as good of a season as the numbers would indicate. It's an awesome honor for Jackson to be named to the Pro Bowl and I don't want to take anything away from that, but he didn't really play like a Pro Bowler this season. It's his first Pro Bowl appearance of his career, but it wasn't close to his best season.
Jackson and Adams join quarterback Andrew Luck, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, cornerback Vontae Davis, kicker Adam Vinatieri, and punter Pat McAfee as the team's Pro Bowlers. The seven Pro Bowl nominations are the most the Colts have had in a season since 2009.
The Pro Bowl draft will be held on Wednesday night with the game taking place at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday night in Arizona, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.