Kareem Jackson's suspension has been shortened 2 two games after the NFL initially imposed a 4-game ban.



Kareem Jackson’s suspension has been shortened 2 two games after the NFL initially imposed a 4-game ban.

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The NFL announced on Tuesday that appeals officer Derrick Brooks has reduced Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson’s suspension from four games to two games.

Jackson was initially suspended for four games by the league on Monday following his second ejection of the season during Sunday’s victory over the Green Bay Packers. The suspension was issued by NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan, who also provided a statement to Jackson regarding his hit on Packers tight end Luke Musgrave.

According to Runyan’s statement, he highlighted that Jackson’s forceful blow to the head/neck area of a defenseless receiver was avoidable, given the time and space Jackson had to make a different decision. Runyan emphasized that Jackson had the opportunity to make legal contact but chose not to do so.

The incident occurred during the second half of the Denver Broncos’ 19-17 victory when Jordan Love’s pass was caught by Luke Musgrave. In an attempt to make a play, Kareem Jackson lowered his head and lunged for the hit, causing Musgrave’s head to violently snap back upon impact.

Another camera angle reveals Jackson’s helmet making contact with Musgrave’s shoulder and appearing to hit his facemask.

This is not the first time Jackson has been involved in controversial hits this season. In Week 2, his hit on Washington Commanders tight end Logan Thomas led to his ejection from the game. Similarly, a previous hit on Las Vegas Raiders receiver Jakobi Meyers resulted in a penalty and a fine.

Despite these incidents, Jackson avoided suspension until the recent decision by the NFL, which initially handed him a four-game suspension. Earlier in the season, he received fines totaling $34,488 for the hits on Thomas and Meyers.

The 35-year-old safety, currently in his fifth season with the Broncos, has been a key figure in the team’s defense, tallying two interceptions, three defended passes, and 42 tackles in seven games this season. His absence from the lineup may be filled by backup Delarrin Turner-Yell.

Jackson will be eligible to return to action on November 14, coinciding with Week 11 of the league’s schedule. The Broncos, currently standing at 2-5, are scheduled to take on the Minnesota Vikings on November 19 in Denver.



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