Report: D’Qwell Jackson suspended four games for PEDs

Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Indianapolis Colts line backer D’Qwell Jackson (52) looks up at the stadium after the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots won 55-7. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

In brutal news today for the Indianapolis Colts, inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing substances policy, per Adam Schefter.

Jackson suffered a concussion in Monday night’s game against the New York Jets, but he leads the Colts in tackles with 78 on the year.

In what looks to be a big blow for a defense that has struggled with injuries, Jackson missing four games could be key in the Colts’ bid for a playoff spot.

Jackson, 33, was a free-agent pickup from the Cleveland Browns, and he has been a key player in replacing Jerrell Freeman.