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2023 Defensive

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Forced Fumbles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 19 1.0 1 0 0

Top E.J. Speed News

  • Colts' E.J. Speed: Gets first sack of season

    Speed had six tackles, including a sack and an additional tackle for a loss, in Sunday's win at Houston.

    Speed worked as the team's strong-side linebacker but comes off the field when the team deployed a nickelback. He played on 45 of the defense's 84 snaps while logging another 26 on special teams.

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  • Colts' E.J. Speed: Strong outing in loss

    Speed had five total tackles, including a tackle for a loss, in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville.

    Speed worked as the team's strong-side linebacker but came off the field when the team played a nickelback. He played on 29 of the defense's 70 snaps but was very effective with two stops while surrendering only one reception for no gain on the only pass targeted at him. He's also a key member of the special-teams units, playing 25 snaps in that capacity.

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  • Colts' E.J. Speed: Not on injury report Wednesday

    Speed (concussion) didn't appear on the Colts' first Week 1 injury report released Wednesday.

    A week and a half after entering the NFL's concussion protocol, Speed appears to have gained full clearance, meaning he should be ready to play Sunday against the Jaguars. He's appeared in 17 games in both of the past two seasons and recorded a career-high 63 tackles in 2022.

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  • Colts' E.J. Speed: Practices in non-contact jersey

    Speed (concussion) was at practice in a red noncontact jersey Wednesday, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

    Coach Shane Steichen revealed Saturday that Speed was in the concussion protocol, but it was encouraging to see the linebacker return to the practice field Wednesday. He'll have a week and a half to get back to full strength before the Colts' regular-season opener against Jacksonville on Sept. 10.

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  • Colts' E.J. Speed: Enters concussion protocol

    Colts coach Shane Steichen said Saturday that the team has placed Speed in the concussion protocol, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

    Speed was not known to be dealing with any issue prior to Saturday's comments from Steichen, likely indicating that the linebacker sustained a head injury at some point during the Colts' 27-13 preseason win against Philadelphia on Thursday. The 28-year-old played a significant role on special teams and as a primary backup linebacker last season, recording a career-high 63 tackles, one sack and two passes defended. Speed figures to step up into a full-time starting role at weakside linebacker in 2023, so it will be worth monitoring his status heading into the season opener against Jacksonville on Sunday, Sept. 10.

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  • Colts' E.J. Speed: Back at practice

    Speed (ankle) returned to practice earlier this week, Mike Chappell of reports.

    Speed missed practice time last week, but he was back on the field Sunday, intercepting a pass from Gardner Minshew during a two-minute drill. The 28-year-old's ability to recover quickly is good news for the defense, as Speed is expected to serve in a much larger role in the team's linebacker corps this season.

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  • Colts' E.J. Speed: Remains sidelined

    Speed (ankle) will not practice Thursday, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

    Speed left practice early Tuesday with the injury and is still not fully recovered. The 28-year-old set career highs in numerous categories last season, including tackles, while also recording his first NFL sack. He's expected to be the team's starting weak-side linebacker this season, so getting him healthy and on the field will be a priority for the Colts' defense.

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  • Colts' E.J. Speed: Staying put for two more years

    Speed agreed on a two-year contract to remain with the Colts on Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

    Indianpolis' fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft has steadily increased his production every season, and Speed set a career high with 63 tackles in 2022 while also notching the first sack of his career. Speed will likely be slated for a similar part-time role on the Indianapolis defense in 2023.

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  • Colts' E.J. Speed: Seven stops in MNF

    Speed recorded seven tackles (three solo) during Monday's 24-17 loss to the Steelers.

    Speed tied cornerback Stephon Gilmore for the Colts' third-most tackles against Pittsburgh. While he only played 18 of his 39 snaps on defense Week 12, the linebacker still notched six defensive stops, including five on just one drive in the second quarter. Speed has now set a new career high for tackles (43) while primarily playing on special teams over 12 games. However, he should continue playing as a primary reserve behind starting linebackers Bobby Okereke and Zaire Franklin against Dallas this coming Sunday.

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  • Colts' E.J. Speed: Will play Sunday

    Speed (ankle) is active Sunday against the Patriots, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

    Speed was unable to practice Friday, but he's good to go Sunday against New England. His ability to suit up will bolster the team's depth at linebacker.

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  • Colts' E.J. Speed: Questionable for Week 9 at Patriots

    Speed (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at New England.

    Speed did not practice Friday after he was a full participant Wednesday and then downgraded to limited participation Thursday, so he's trending in the wrong direction ahead of Sunday. If he indeed sits out at the Patriots, Indianapolis would be left without much depth at linebacker behind Zaire Franklin, Bobby Okereke and Shaquille Leonard.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 227 lbs
Birthplace: Fort Worth, TX
Age: 28
School: Tarleton St.
Experience: 5