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05 Nov 2009

Marlin Jackson Out For Season

According to Adam Schefter, Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson tore his ACL on the final snap of practice yesterday and will be placed on injured reserve.

Jackson tore his ACL and his meniscus in 2008, but there's no word on whether it's the same knee. Since being drafted in the first round of the 2005 draft, Jackson's only managed to make it through one season injury-free.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 05 Nov 2009

7 comments, Last at 19 Nov 2009, 12:35am by Antique Furniture


by starzero :: Thu, 11/05/2009 - 9:11pm

so much for the colts pass defense.

by Francisco (not verified) :: Thu, 11/05/2009 - 9:31pm

Actually, Jackson didn't have the kind of role this year that he's had in the past. Rookie 3rd-round draft pick Jerraud Powers has been starting at RCB and playing quite well, and free agent rookie Jacob Lacey has been playing in nickel and dime formations looking nothing like a guy that went undrafted. Jackson has been playing some nickel but mostly dime this year. I like Jackson, and he's good for depth, but this is hardly a death blow to the Colts' defense.

by shake n bake :: Thu, 11/05/2009 - 9:34pm

Jackson has been limited to playing the nickelback so far this year. His conditioning wasn't up to snuff yet and he was still recovering from last year's ACL tear. He's a former starter so I think it's confusing some people (Peter King), but the Colts basically only lost their nickelback.

Kelvin Hayden, Jerruad Powers, Jacob Lacey, Tim Jennings and the odd man out of the Sanders/Bethea/Bullitt mix will make for a fine CB corps.

by turbohappy (not verified) :: Fri, 11/06/2009 - 3:28am

Agreed, he has only been providing depth so far (and mostly haven't seen him at all). If someone else gets hurt they are really going to wish they had him, but if somehow that doesn't happen this really isn't a huge blow. Smaller than Hagler. Injuries adding up this week though.

by Bobman :: Fri, 11/06/2009 - 11:21am

Well put, but that depth could be crucial. And in this season of QB dominance, it's misleading to say somebody "only" played nickel or dime. Guys like Schaub and Brady are still on the schedule where Indy could be in Nickel or Dime all day.

...and of course there might be the Favre or Brees (or Romo or McNabb) showdown down the road where good nickel/dime depth would be at a premium as well.

by Strong Bad (not verified) :: Fri, 11/06/2009 - 12:15pm

will he be ready for the summer world reunion tour?

by Antique Furniture (not verified) :: Thu, 11/19/2009 - 12:35am

Will this change the amount of cover 2 they run? Or possibly the amount they have to blitz, as they can't cover for as long as normal?