Broncos DE Jackson Plays On Following Dad’s Death

September 5, 2014 8:32 PM

Broncos DE Jackson Plays On Following Dad’s Death
" ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Denver defensive end Malik Jackson returned to practice Friday after attending his father’s memorial service in New Jersey.

The Broncos backup said he’ll be able to play in the opener Sunday night against Indianapolis, albeit with a heavy heart.

“I’ll dedicate the game to him but try to go out there and not do anything out of the ordinary,” Jackson said. “I’ll just try to be where Jack Del Rio puts me and be a playmaker.”

Jodie Jackson, 47, died of complications of a stroke last month in North Carolina, his son said.

“It was unexpected,” Jackson said. “I’m still trying to get over it, coupled with just trying to be here with my guys.”

Jackson is a third-year pro from Tennessee who’s coming off a breakout year. He started the final five games of the regular season and all three playoff games for the injury-riddled Broncos last season "

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