Browns MLB D'Qwell Jackson has garnered AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for September, the NFL said Thursday.
Jackson paces the Browns with 30 tackles, and his 2½ sacks are tied for the team lead with DT Ahtyba Rubin. He is the first Browns player to win monthly honors on offense or defense since the NFL began giving the awards in 1986.
Jackson, 28, missed most of the past two seasons with pectoral injuries. His best full season came in 2008, when he notched 154 tackles playing inside in Cleveland's 3-4 scheme.
"He's been so good and so important to us in many ways, on the field and off the field," Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron said of Jackson recently. "He is just a great person to be around in terms of his willingness to do it and his wanting to do it and wanting to do it right."
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Jackson's strong return to the lineup has helped Cleveland's defense get off to a solid start. The Browns are ninth in the NFL in yards allowed per game. There were some, including Jackson himself, who thought that playing in a 4-3 scheme this season would suit him very well, and he has been a playmaker right off the bat at middle linebacker in Jauron's defense.