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Gary Brackett | Linebacker

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/23/1980
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 235
College: Rutgers
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Coach Chuck Pagano says the Colts aren't considering free agent LB Gary Brackett as a potential replacement for MLB Pat Angerer (broken foot).
Pagano cited the team's transition to a 3-4 defense. Brackett has made no known visits since his March release from the Colts. It's a troubling sign for his NFL future that he's not even a consideration in a place where he played for nine years. Mon, Aug 13, 2012 05:01:00 PM

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Free agent LB Gary Brackett recently received medical clearance to resume playing after a 2011 torn left rotator cuff.

Brackett's market has been dry since his March 9 release. He may get sniffs now that doctors gave him clearance, but he's an injury-prone, 32-year-old, undersized 4-3 linebacker without elite run-stopping skills. Brackett will struggle to attract offers worth in excess of the veteran's league minimum.
Wed, May 23, 2012 11:48:00 PM

Colts released MLB Gary Brackett.

Brackett, 32, had three years and $18.2 million left on his contract, none of which was guaranteed. The Colts are turning the page away from Cover 2 and toward a 3-4 defense. Brackett, a career Colt and former undrafted free agent, missed all but one game in 2011 due to a torn left rotator cuff. He will struggle to find more than a minimum deal on the open market. Brackett was the Colts' starting middle linebacker for six seasons. He racked up at least 90 tackles five times.
Fri, Mar 9, 2012 04:57:00 PM

Colts MLB Gary Brackett (injured reserve) underwent surgery three weeks ago to repair damage to his left rotator cuff.

Brackett is looking a six-month recovery timetable. "Typically with shoulders, guys come back full strength," said Brackett. "I don't have any concerns whether I'll be ready for next season." Turning 32 in May, Brackett will be due $5 million in 2012. Pat Angerer's strong play could easily make him expendable.
Fri, Oct 21, 2011 11:38:00 AM

Colts placed MLB Gary Brackett (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Injuries are beginning to catch up to Brackett, who's played one full season since 2005. Now 31 years old, Brackett threatens to be Pipped by Pat Angerer, who fills hard versus the run and will continue to rack up tackles. Brackett's salary leaps to $5 million next year. He's probably done with the Colts.
Wed, Sep 28, 2011 04:29:00 PM

The Indianapolis Star suggests Gary Brackett may need to accept a pay cut after this season.

Brackett's base salary jumps from $2 million in 2011 to $5 million in 2012. And since he's been sidelined by a shoulder injury, Pat Angerer has been a difference-maker in the middle. Brackett will be 32 in May.
Wed, Sep 28, 2011 10:10:00 AM

Colts declared LB Gary Brackett, QB Peyton Manning, CB Kevin Thomas, SS Melvin Bullitt, LB Ernie Sims, G Ryan Diem and DT Fili Moala inactive for Week 3 against the Steelers.

Dallas Clark (foot) is active. With both Sims and Brackett out for the second straight week, the Colts are going to have almost no chance of slowing down Rashard Mendenhall this evening. Mike Pollak should get the start in place of Diem, who is nursing a hight-ankle sprain.
Sun, Sep 25, 2011 07:23:00 PM

Colts coach Jim Caldwell has ruled out MLB Gary Brackett (shoulder) and LB Ernie Sims (knee) for Week 2.

The Colts haven't revealed the nature of Brackett's injury, but it's another unneeded blow to an Indianapolis run defense that has no prayer. Look for Pat Angerer to move from the strong side to middle linebacker, where he'll start against the Browns. WLB Kavell Conner is expected to play Sunday, but is battling a bum left foot. Philip Wheeler figures to start at Sam. Peyton Hillis will be the best matchup-play running back in the NFL this week.
Wed, Sep 14, 2011 01:16:00 PM

Colts MLB Gary Brackett is unsure of how much time he may miss after injuring his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Texans.

When asked how he felt on Monday, Brackett only responded "sore." Not typically a cause for concern, but it is for a player who was limited to just one game last season as he dealt with groin and toe injuries. Brackett has appeared in more than 12 games just once since 2007.
Mon, Sep 12, 2011 01:12:00 PM

Gary Brackett left Sunday's game against the Texans with a sprained shoulder.

Brackett, the Colts' starting middle linebacker, is questionable to return. With the Colts down 34-7 in the fourth quarter, he's almost certainly done for the day.
Sun, Sep 11, 2011 03:29:00 PM

Healthy after missing four games last season, Colts MLB Gary Brackett has been working out five days a week during the lockout.

"I have a trainer," Brackett said. "I work out five days a week, just like I would regularly. I maintain my body just like I would regularly." Brackett dealt with hand, toe and groin injuries last season, and has missed at least two games each of the past three years. Now 31, it won't get any easier for him to stay healthy in 2011.
Sun, Jun 12, 2011 10:14:00 AM

Colts MLB Gary Brackett (turf toe) indicated that he'd like to get in two practices before declaring himself ready to play.

The linebacker didn't practice Wednesday and admits he's not 100 percent. "We'll take it day by day, see how I feel today after I run, see if by the end of the week I can get a couple practice days in and then try to go," said Brackett. If the veteran is unable to practice Thursday, the chances of him playing won't be good. WLB Clint Session (elbow) is also a question mark for Week 13.
Thu, Dec 2, 2010 10:36:00 AM

Colts president Bill Polian indicated Monday that both MLB Gary Brackett (turf toe) and WLB Clint Session (elbow) could return in Week 13.

Brackett hasn't played since leaving in Week 9 with turf toe, while Session has been out since Week 8. Assuming they're 100 percent, it would give the Colts linebacker corps a big boost against the Cowboys. Pat Angerer has filled in at middle linebacker, with Tyjuan Hagler on the weak side.
Tue, Nov 30, 2010 09:33:00 AM

Colts MLB Gary Brackett (turf toe) has been ruled out for Week 11.

Rookie Pat Angerer will draw the start inside. As the Colts will be thin at linebacker, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead get slight boosts in their already-tasty matchups as an RB2 and RB3, respectively.
Sat, Nov 20, 2010 07:08:00 PM

Colts MLB Gary Brackett (turf toe) is not expected to play in Week 11.

He also missed Week 10, with rookie Pat Angerer replacing him. The Colts signed Brackett to a five-year, $33 million extension in the offseason, but so far it's not looking like the best of moves. The 30-year-old has missed two games to injury, and not forced a single turnover for the No. 29 run defense.
Wed, Nov 17, 2010 12:47:00 PM

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