AFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 9-8-0
3-3-0 7-10-0
1-4-1 4-12-1
3-2-1 3-13-1

2022 Defensive

Total Tackles
Forced Fumbles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 166 3.0 3 0 0

Top Zaire Franklin News

  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Sets franchise record in 2022

    Franklin (ankle) tallied a career-high 167 tackles (102 solo), three sacks and six passes defended over 17 games in the 2022 season.

    Franklin more than quadrupled his previous career high for tackles while stepping up in place of star linebacker Shaquille Leonard (neck/back) this season. The 26-year-old Franklin did exit with a groin injury during the Week 18 loss to Houston, though he was able to return and record four more tackles before the end of this contest, according to Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site. As a result, the 2019 seventh-round pick set the new franchise record for tackles in a single season, breaking the previous record set by Leonard in 2018. With fellow linebacker and Indianapolis' second-leading tackler Bobby Okereke (151) set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Franklin could be in store for another prominent role alongside Leonard during the 2023 campaign.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Leaves with injury Sunday

    Franklin (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Texans, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

    Franklin has already logged four tackles during Sunday's regular-season finale, though his return for the remainder of the second half is now up in the air. The 26-year-old has played nearly every defensive snap for Indianapolis this season. In his stead, E.J. Speed will likely take on a bigger role alongside Bobby Okereke for the time being.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Logs double-digit tackles again

    Franklin tallied 10 tackles (seven solo) and two passes defended during Sunday's 38-10 defeat versus the Giants.

    Franklin posted his 10th outing with at least 10 tackles, though he still finished second on the team in tackles behind weakside linebacker Bobby Okereke (17). However, the strongside linebacker still leads the team in tackles for the season with 160 compared to Okereke's 146. Franklin also reached six passes defended this season, and these two should continue to serve prominent roles Week 18 against the Texans.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Logs sack in loss

    Franklin accumulated nine tackles (five solo) and one sack in Monday's 20-3 loss to the Chargers.

    While Franklin had a streak of five consecutive games with double-digit sacks snap, he was still productive in the contest. He was one of three Colts to be on the field for all 68 defensive snaps. The 26-year-old shows no signs of slowing down ahead of Sunday's game against the Giants.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Double-digit stops once again

    Franklin recorded 10 tackles (six solo) and one forced fumble during Saturday's 39-36 overtime loss to the Vikings.

    Franklin jarred the ball loose from running back Dalvin Cook midway through the first quarter of the Week 15 matchup in Minnesota, while he also logged his fifth consecutive contest with at least double-digit stops Saturday. The 26-year-old now has a team-leading 141 tackles across 14 games played this season, and he'll likely retain his every-down role when Indianapolis hosts the Chargers next Monday night.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Leading tackler in blowout loss

    Franklin recorded 10 tackles (six solo) and one pass defended in Sunday's 54-19 loss to the Cowboys.

    Franklin played every defensive snap for the 11th time this season, as Dallas did not truly pull away until midway through the fourth quarter. The starting linebacker has now recorded double-digit tackles in eight of 13 games this season, including each of the last three weeks. Franklin's prominent role in the middle of Indianapolis' defense has led him to record the second-most tackles (131) in the NFL so far this season. However, his position among the league's top tacklers could take a step back while the Colts are on bye Week 14.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Logs 11 tackles in MNF

    Franklin recorded 11 tackles (five solo) during Monday's 24-17 loss to the Steelers.

    Franklin wound up playing every defensive snap after coming into Monday's contest questionable with an illness. As a result, the linebacker led the Colts in stops while logging his seventh double-digit tackle performance of the season. Over 12 weeks, Franklin now has 121 tackles, one sack and three passes defended, and, barring injury, he should finish the 2022 campaign as one of the league's leading tacklers.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Will suit up Monday

    Franklin (illness) is active Monday against the Steelers.

    Franklin came down with an illness at the end of the week and missed practice Saturday, but he's recovered enough to suit up Monday. The linebacker is in the midst of a breakout campaign, taking the field for 100 percent of the Colts' defensive snaps in all but one game so far this season and already more than doubling his career-best mark with 110 tackles, which ranks fourth in the league heading into Monday night.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Could be sidelined Monday

    Franklin (illness) has been downgraded to questionable for Monday's game against the Steelers.

    Franklin did not appear on the Colts' Week 12 injury report before popping up as a non-participant during practice Friday, as he appears to have come down with an illness. While the nature of this ailment is still unknown, his ability to suit up for Monday Night Football could be in serious jeopardy. If Franklin is ultimately sidelined, JoJo Domann would likely see increased usage behind linebackers Bobby Okereke and E.J. Speed.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Collects game-high 12 stops

    Franklin recorded 12 tackles (five solo), 0.5 sacks and one forced fumble in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Eagles.

    Following Sunday's 12-tackle effort by Franklin, he now leads the league with 109 stops through the first 11 weeks of the 2022-23 campaign. The 26-year-old has six double-digit tackling performances to this point in the season, and he'll look to continue his impressive play when Indianapolis hosts the Steelers on Monday night.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Active against Eagles

    Franklin (illness) is active in Week 11 against Philadelphia.

    Franklin is the Colts' leading tackler and coming off his fifth double-digit tackle performance of the season in Week 10, but an illness going around the team had kept him out of practice all week. In the end, he'll overcome the "questionable" tag and suit up for the contest.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Leads team in stops

    Franklin logged 10 tackles (seven solo), including one tackle for loss, during Sunday's 25-20 win over the Raiders.

    Franklin logged double-digit tackles for the fifth time in 10 games played this season. The fifth-year linebacker also fell just shy of playing every defensive snap for Indianapolis for the first time in 2022, and he is now three stops away from the first 100-tackle campaign of his career. With star linebacker Shaquille Leonard (neck) now expected to miss the remainder of the season, Franklin should have a very good chance to finish as one of the NFL's leading tacklers by year's end. His next game will come against the Eagles on Sunday.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Modest outing in loss

    Franklin recorded eight tackles (six solo) and a pass defended in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Commanders.

    Franklin tied his second-fewest tackles in a game during this contest, and he has already doubled his previous career high in tackles so far in 2022. While fellow linebacker Shaquille Leonard did return from a back injury that kept him sidelined over the previous three games, Franklin should still finish as one of the league's top tacklers by the end of the season.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Seven tackles in loss

    Franklin recorded seven tackles (four solo), including one for loss, in Sunday's 19-10 defeat against the Titans.

    Franklin logged a season low in tackles despite finishing third on the team in this category behind Grover Stewart and Bobby Okereke against Tennessee. The 6-foot Franklin has now played every defensive snap over the first seven games of the season for the Colts, recording 73 stops and two passes defended while doing so.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Another double-digit tackle game

    Franklin registered 12 tackles (seven solo), including one for loss, during Sunday's 34-27 win over the Jaguars.

    Franklin notched his fourth double-digit tackle outing over his last five appearances and finished second on the team in tackles behind Bobby Okereke. Across six appearances, Franklin has recorded 66 stops and two pass defenses. As long as Shaquille Leonard (nose) remains sidelined, expect Okereke and Franklin to continue piling up stops.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Compiles nine tackles in victory

    Franklin made nine tackles while deflecting a pass in Thursday's 12-9 overtime win versus the Broncos.

    Franklin played 100 percent of the defensive snaps again Thursday, failing to miss a play for the fifth consecutive game to open the season. The 26-year-old has a team-high 54 tackles while deflecting two passes over the first five contests of the year. With Shaquille Leonard (back/concussion) still banged up, Franklin could be in for a similar workload in Week 6 against the Jaguars.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Career-high 15 tackles Sunday

    Franklin recorded 15 tackles (eight solo) during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Titans.

    Franklin has recorded at least 10 tackles in three straight games and notched a career-high 15 stops during the team's Week 4 loss. Across four appearances, the fifth-year linebacker already has more tackles this season (45) than he's had in any of his previous four campaigns. As long as Shaquille Leonard (back/concussion) remains out, look for Franklin to continue garnering a major role in the middle of the Colts defense.

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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: Team-high 12 stops in win

    Franklin notched 12 tackles (eight solo), including one for loss, and one pass defense during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Chiefs.

    Franklin has recorded back-to-back games with double-digit tackles, giving him 30 stops through three games. As long as Shaquille Leonard (back) remains out, Franklin figures to have a major role in the Colts' defense.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 235 lbs
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Age: 26
School: Syracuse
Experience: 6