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Darius Jackson (born December 1, 1993) is an American football running back for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Eastern Michigan University. Jackson was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Darius Jackson
No. 41 – Indianapolis Colts
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1993-12-01) December 1, 1993 (age 26)
Sparta, Illinois
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Sparta (Sparta, Illinois)
College:Eastern Michigan
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 6 / Pick: 216
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Practice squad
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing attempts:6
Rushing yards:16
Rushing touchdowns:0
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Jackson attended Sparta High School in Sparta, Illinois. He was a two-way football player as a senior, registering almost 1,100 rushing yards, while playing quarterback, running back and safety.[1] He received All-conference honors on both sides of the ball and was an Academic All-state selection. He also practiced baseball.

College careerEdit

He accepted a football scholarship from Eastern Michigan University. As a sophomore, he appeared in seven games (one start) and had 201 rushing yards. The next year, he appeared in all 12 games (4 starts), posting 295 rushing yards.

As a senior, he became a full-time starter and had a break out year, rushing for 1,078 yards on 208 carries (5.2 avg.), 14 rushing touchdowns, 21 receptions for 201 yards, two receiving touchdowns and 16 total touchdowns (school record).

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
220 lb
(100 kg)
4.40 s 1.56 s 2.51 s 4.21 s 6.87 s 41 in
(1.04 m)
11 ft 1 in
(3.38 m)
20 reps
All values from 2016 EMU Pro Day.[2][3]

Dallas CowboysEdit

Jackson was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round (216th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft,[4] in part because of the athletic traits he displayed during his pro day.[5] He made the Cowboys 53-man roster, in order to protect his rights from being claimed by another team and was declared inactive in 14 games. On December 13, he was waived to make room for running back Darren McFadden, who was being activated from the Non Football Injury List.[6]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On December 14, 2016, Jackson was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns.[7] He was declared inactive for the remaining three games.

On June 1, 2017, Jackson was waived/injured with an undisclosed knee injury that forced him to miss organized team activities.[8] He cleared waivers and was placed on the injured reserve list on June 2.

On May 3, 2018, Jackson was waived by the Browns.[9]

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)Edit

On May 30, 2018, Jackson signed with the Dallas Cowboys.[10] On September 1, 2018, he was waived by the Cowboys and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[11][12]

Green Bay PackersEdit

On September 3, 2018, Jackson was signed by the Green Bay Packers from the Cowboys' practice squad, as the team was looking for a third running back, with Aaron Jones suspended for the first two games, and Devante Mays being released with an injury settlement.[13] He was waived on October 6, 2018.[14]

Dallas Cowboys (third stint)Edit

On October 9, 2018, Jackson was signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.[15] He was promoted to the active roster on December 22, 2018.[16] Overall, in the 2018 season, he had six carries for 16 yards, all of which came in the regular season finale against the New York Giants.[17]

On August 30, 2019, Jackson was released by the Cowboys, then re-signed to the practice squad on September 11.[18] He was released on September 16.

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On September 20, 2019, Jackson was signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad, but was released four days later.[19][20]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On October 9, 2019, Jackson was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad.[21] He was released on October 15.[22]

Indianapolis Colts (second stint)Edit

On November 12, 2019, Jackson was signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad.[23]


  1. ^ "Dallas Cowboys reunite with Sparta's Darius Jackson to add depth at running back". bnd. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "Darius Jackson NFL Draft Scout". Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Darius Jackson Draft Profile". Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "2016 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Archer, Todd. "Cowboys draft a second runner in Darius Jackson". Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  6. ^ Helman, David (December 13, 2016). "Darren McFadden Moved To Active Roster; Jaylon Smith To Injured Reserve". Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Davison, Drew (December 14, 2016). "Cleveland Browns snag Darius Jackson off waivers". Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Browns sign RB Terrence Magee". June 1, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "Browns release two players". May 3, 2018. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  10. ^ Alper, Josh (May 30, 2018). "Cowboys bring back Darius Jackson, sign Antwaun Woods". Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  11. ^ Helman, David (September 1, 2018). "Bailey Not Only Surprise Cut As Cowboys Trim To 53".
  12. ^ Phillips, Rob (September 2, 2018). "Lenoir, Tapper Part Of Cowboys' Practice Squad".
  13. ^ "Packers sign RB Darius Jackson, release CB Herb Waters". September 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "Packers sign DL Tyler Lancaster to active roster". October 6, 2018.
  15. ^ "Cowboys re-sign Darius Jackson to practice squad, per report". October 9, 2018.
  16. ^ Helman, David (December 22, 2018). "Swaim Moved To IR; RB Jackson To Active Roster".
  17. ^ "Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants - December 30th, 2018". Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  18. ^ Helman, David (August 31, 2019). "Several Young Draft Picks Among Cowboys' Cuts".
  19. ^ "Colts Sign RB Darius Jackson To Practice Squad". September 20, 2019.
  20. ^ "Colts Sign Cornerback Deante Burton To Practice Squad". September 24, 2019.
  21. ^ Vitali, Carmen (October 9, 2019). "Bucs Swap Linebackers, Releasing Deone Bucannon and Signing Noah Dawkins".
  22. ^ Smith, Scott (October 15, 2019). "Bucs Fill Practice Squad Openings with Three Offensive Players".
  23. ^ "Colts Sign RB Darius Jackson To Practice Squad; Place RB Bruce Anderson III On Practice Squad-Injured List". November 12, 2019.

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