D'Qwell Jackson out for the season

Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker


All was quiet on the trade front for the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, but the team lost one of its top defenders for the 2009 season.

The Browns put linebacker D’Qwell Jackson on injured reserve. Jackson hurt his shoulder in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jackson was a defensive and locker room leader in Cleveland. He recorded 59 tackles and one forced fumble in six games.

One of Cleveland’s rookie linebackers will have to step up in Jackson’s absence. Fourth-round pick Kaluka Maiava played in the second half when Jackson was injured. Second-rounder David Veikune has been slow to develop but may get more opportunities to show what he can do down the road.

Browns coach Eric Mangini had this to say:

“It’s disappointing any time you lose a player for the season, and this is especially true with someone like D’Qwell, who has proven to be an outstanding leader for us both on and off the field.”