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After two brutal injuries, D’Qwell Jackson named Player of the Month

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In 2009, Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson suffered a torn left pectoral muscle, causing him to miss the final 10 games of the season. In training camp in 2010, Jackson suffered a torn right pectoral muscle, causing him to miss the entire season — and leading to speculation that Jackson’s career might be over.

But Jackson didn’t just return to the Browns this year. He came back with a vengeance, and today he’s been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.

In his first three games back after missing the previous 26 consecutive games with the two pectoral injuries, Jackson had 30 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, helping the Browns go 2-1 in September.

A torn pectoral muscle is an absolutely brutal injury for anyone to suffer once, but to go through all the rehabilitation required to get back onto a football field, only to suffer another injury and have to go through the whole rehab process again, would be an unimaginably grueling process.

After returning to the field in Week One, Jackson said he was just thankful to be a football player again.

“With my history I’m just fortunate enough to be able to come out here every day and play football,” Jackson said. “When you’re out so long, you feel like you’re not a part of everything. It’s a great feeling that I hope never leaves, but I’m not looking for any personal accolades.”

Jackson has a personal accolade now. And he has to be considered the early favorite for another personal accolade, the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award.

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28 Responses to “After two brutal injuries, D’Qwell Jackson named Player of the Month”
  1. 7thlombardiontheway says: Sep 29, 2011 10:13 AM

    Well deserved, even if he is a loser Brown.

  2. picksix401 says: Sep 29, 2011 10:14 AM

    haven’t heard of the guy but.. what a great story, nonetheless

  3. Southpaw says: Sep 29, 2011 10:15 AM

    What did anyone else expect?? He’s a Terrapin. It’s in his blood.

  4. rmzthefirst says: Sep 29, 2011 10:18 AM

    Nice job….!

  5. couldntthinkofaname says: Sep 29, 2011 10:23 AM

    7thlombardiontheway says: Sep 29, 2011 10:13 AM

    Well deserved, even if he is a loser Brown.

    ____________________

    Wow. I didn’t realize elementary school students were allowed to visit PFT.

  6. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 29, 2011 10:24 AM

    Is there a worst player of the month award? D HALL would be my nominee.

  7. cbusbrownie says: Sep 29, 2011 10:35 AM

    7th, your just one of the many losers that know nothing about what you write here. Jackson lead the entire NFL in tackles in 2008, and the Browns are 1 good home game away from being 3-1. Your the loser hanging onto last year, atta boy! Hang on Sloopy!!

  8. pigskinswag says: Sep 29, 2011 10:41 AM

    D’Qwell Jackson has been highly underrated at MLB and he’s done nothing but produce during his career. Great to see him back.

  9. lacharger2112 says: Sep 29, 2011 10:42 AM

    Real class again from 7th Lobotomy on the way:
    You are why we love the fact the Steelers are old and done. that next Lombardi is at least a decade plus away.
    Let’s just be happy for D’Qwell right now.

  10. Ricardo Grande says: Sep 29, 2011 10:53 AM

    The dude is a 4-3 BEAST! And a lot of the credit should go to Rubin and Taylor at the middle of the line. They let D’Qwell do his thang!!!

    Steelers suck.

  11. buckhuckster says: Sep 29, 2011 10:59 AM

    Hopefully he stays healthy all year. The man is a beast.

    -A (real) Steelers fan.

  12. td40 says: Sep 29, 2011 10:59 AM

    couldntthinkofaname says:
    Sep 29, 2011 10:23 AM

    7thlombardiontheway says: Sep 29, 2011 10:13 AM

    Well deserved, even if he is a loser Brown.

    ____________________

    Wow. I didn’t realize elementary school students were allowed to visit PFT.
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    lacharger2112 says:
    Sep 29, 2011 10:42 AM

    Real class again from 7th Lobotomy on the way:
    You are why we love the fact the Steelers are old and done. that next Lombardi is at least a decade plus away.
    Let’s just be happy for D’Qwell right now.
    —————————————————————–

    Just stop responding to him. If you don’t want to see his stupid, infantile posts, QUIT RESPONDING TO THEM. That is ALL he is after- is your angry response. Mission accomplished.

  13. m2karateman says: Sep 29, 2011 11:00 AM

    I always thought Jackson was a quality player. I hope he can stay healthy this season. I like watching hard nosed players like him succeed. I wish we had him for the Lions.

  14. itsmammoth says: Sep 29, 2011 11:02 AM

    Where is the story about Sean Lee being the first Dallas Cowboy in HISTORY to get NFC defensive player on the month?

  15. inbillwetrust says: Sep 29, 2011 11:06 AM

    the team that loses in the superbowl never makes the playoffs the following year. noplayoffsforuontheway

  16. burnzy32 says: Sep 29, 2011 11:06 AM

    wouldn’t a healthy Matt Stafford be in the running for comeback player of the year….

  17. mmmpieyummy says: Sep 29, 2011 11:09 AM

    Good for him, congratulations after battling back from those torn pecs.

    Now let’s get it over with and name Denarius Moore AFC Offensive Player of the Month!

  18. lbcoach34 says: Sep 29, 2011 11:16 AM

    He is not dynamic – but he is well above average and plays with consistency, which is huge for someone in the middle of a defense

  19. cledawg says: Sep 29, 2011 11:18 AM

    The guy is a class act, and works just as hard off the field as he does on it and this proves it. The guy was a walk on in college and busted his butt to become a second round pick.
    Once I heard we were moving to the 4-3 I was excited to see how much this would benifit Jackson. He’s not the biggest guy out there, and had some issues dealing with the double team. Glad to see our d-line giving this guy time and room to do what he does best, find the ball and pounce.
    Keep it up Brownies!

  20. kingokra says: Sep 29, 2011 11:23 AM

    He is D’Ominant!

  21. jagmania65 says: Sep 29, 2011 11:52 AM

    Torn pecs – tough injury, but PEDs will do that to you…

  22. ohiobornandraised says: Sep 29, 2011 12:01 PM

    Great to have him back on the field!

  23. sdboltaction says: Sep 29, 2011 12:16 PM

    This guy’s a badass. I started him on my fantasy team in week 2 and he’s been a major defensive contributor!

  24. juzthadoginme says: Sep 29, 2011 12:34 PM

    Its so reffressing to watch the defense playing well,allot more good things to come …says I

  25. mswravens says: Sep 29, 2011 12:34 PM

    Gotta love a Terp – but this is a “feel good” pick.

    I’d give it T Sizzle with 4 sacks, 3 passes defended, an Int and 2 forced fumbles…

  26. claydefayette says: Sep 29, 2011 1:47 PM

    “wouldn’t a healthy Matt Stafford be in the running for comeback player of the year….”

    It’s nice to see Stafford healthy and playing at a high level, but I don’t know how the award works. Does a player have to arrive in the NFL as a good pro before getting the award? Stafford’s career never took off before now because of injuries and he’s not coming back to his previous level of performance because there was no bar set.

    I’m confused.

  27. feartheelf19 says: Sep 29, 2011 2:45 PM

    For anyone who does not know D’Qwell you should know, he was a solid MLB in the 3-4 and he is a Beast in the 4-3. Anyone who does not think so, look at the stats.

    He is on pace for:
    130 Tackles
    12.5 Sacks (or so)
    3 Forced Fumbles
    and probably an INT somewhere

    Take notice, this Browns defense has some studs on it, with some solid Veterans, and they are only going to get better!

    Go Browns!!

  28. malpine says: Sep 29, 2011 5:21 PM

    Congrats to Jackson!

    How bout a mention of the NFC Defensive player of the month, Sean Lee…the first time a Cowboy has EVER done that?

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