Darnell Sankey
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-10-11) October 11, 1994 (age 26)
Place of birth: San Jose, California
Career information
College: Sacramento State
Undrafted in 2016
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Denver Broncos ( 2016)*
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Stats at NFL.com

Darnell Sankey (born October 11, 1994) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at Sacramento State.

Professional career

Denver Broncos

On July 26, 2016, Sankey was signed to the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent.[1] He was waived on August 29, 2016.[2]

Oakland Raiders

On September 28, 2016, Sankey was signed to the Oakland Raiders' practice squad.[3] On October 4, he was waived but re-signed the next day, only to be released a week later.[4][5]

Kansas City Chiefs

On December 5, 2016, Sankey was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad.[6] He was released on January 3, 2017.[7]

Minnesota Vikings

On July 29, 2017, Sankey was signed by the Minnesota Vikings.[8] He was waived on August 20, 2017.[9]

Indianapolis Colts

Three days after he was cut by the Vikings, Sankey was signed by the Indianapolis Colts on August 23, 2017.[10] He was waived on September 2, 2017 and was signed to the Colts' practice squad the next day.[11][12] He was promoted to the active roster on September 16, 2017.[13] He was waived on September 18, 2017.[14] He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 29.[15] He was promoted back to the active roster on October 9, 2017.[16] He was waived again on November 15, 2017.[17]

Baltimore Ravens

On November 29, 2017, Sankey was signed to the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad.[18]

Indianapolis Colts (second stint)

On January 11, 2018, Sankey signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts.[19] He was waived by the Colts on May 1, 2018.[20]

Detroit Lions

On July 26, 2018, Sankey signed with the Detroit Lions.[21] He was waived on September 1, 2018 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[22][23] He was released on September 5, 2018.[24]

New Orleans Saints

On September 19, 2018, Sankey was signed to the New Orleans Saints' practice squad.[25]

Sankey signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on January 21, 2019.[26] He was waived during final roster cuts on August 30, 2019.[27]

Personal life

Sankey is the son of Roberta and Erskine Sankey. At Sacramento State, he majored in communication studies.


  1. Mason, Andrew (July 26, 2016). "Broncos sign rookie LB Darnell Sankey; waive long snapper Nathan Theus". https://web.archive.org/web/20170918031308/http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-sign-rookie-LB-Darnell-Sankey-waive-long-snapper-Nathan-Theus/90086e2a-65f9-4c6b-a442-92e0077b099a. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  2. Mason, Andrew (August 29, 2017). "Broncos part ways with 11 as 75-man deadline nears". https://web.archive.org/web/20171030043102/http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-part-ways-with-11-as-75-man-deadline-nears/7a1023ab-d4db-4257-9511-54e79fa9d990. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  3. "Raiders Sign G Denver Kirkland To Active Roster". September 28, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20170918023542/http://www.raiders.com/news/article-1/Raiders-Sign-G-Denver-Kirkland-To-Active-Roster/70cbec27-4057-4479-a4d2-bb0f141f4ced. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  4. "Raiders Sign LB Perry Riley Jr.; Heeney To Reserve/Injured List". October 4, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20170911211704/http://www.raiders.com/news/article-1/Raiders-Sign-LB-Perry-Riley-Jr-Heeney-To-ReserveInjured-List/1b503a7c-c225-4ef5-b277-f762cba2a909. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  5. "Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions". October 12, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20170918022611/http://www.raiders.com/news/article-1/Oakland-Raiders-Announce-Transactions/2ff1622a-dd10-4674-8870-6f498caa0e44. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  6. Bouda, Nate (December 5, 2016). "Chiefs Sign LB Darnell Sankey To Practice Squad". http://nfltraderumors.co/chiefs-sign-lb-darnell-sankey-practice-squad/. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  7. Bouda, Nate (January 3, 2017). "Chiefs Sign OT Isaiah Battle To Futures Deal, Add DE David King To PS". http://nfltraderumors.co/chiefs-sign-ot-isaiah-battle-lb-dadi-nicolas-futures-deals-add-de-david-king-ps/. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  8. "Vikings Sign Former Broncos LB Darnell Sankey". July 29, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170918022519/http://www.vikings.com/news/article-1/Vikings-Sign-Former-Broncos-LB-Darnell-Sankey/5cdc6267-b506-4178-b61f-c97bdcc67085. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  9. "Vikings Sign Former Gophers QB Mitch Leidner". August 20, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171026201432/http://www.vikings.com/news/article-1/Vikings-Sign-Former-Gophers-QB-Mitch-Leidner/584228b0-eaa5-44ca-ace9-617783bd6550. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  10. "Colts Activate Brian Schwenke; Sign Linebacker Darnell Sankey". Colts.com. August 23, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170827052409/http://www.colts.com/news/article-1/Colts-Activate-Brian-Schwenke-Sign-Linebacker-Darnell-Sankey/62657ca1-678c-4588-8cf3-fcfbc1519a93. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  11. Walker, Andrew (September 2, 2017). "Colts Announce Final 2017 Roster Cuts". https://web.archive.org/web/20171109151022/http://www.colts.com/news/article-1/Colts-Announce-Final-2017-Roster-Cuts/5dc30820-9391-401e-8bdd-40852df5769e. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  12. Walker, Andrew (September 3, 2017). "Colts Add Seven To Initial 2017 Practice Squad". https://web.archive.org/web/20171109152320/http://www.colts.com/news/article-1/Colts-Add-Seven-To-Initial-2017-Practice-Squad/e37c1c68-292e-4307-a0b3-9e2c96ac92f0. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  13. Walker, Andrew (September 16, 2017). "Colts Sign Inside Linebacker Darnell Sankey From Practice Squad". https://web.archive.org/web/20171219184125/http://www.colts.com/news/article-1/Colts-Sign-Inside-Linebacker-Darnell-Sankey-From-Practice-Squad/f8ac4bff-fd24-43b8-b6b2-961e82db3723. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  14. "Roster Move: Colts Re-Sign WR Matt Hazel; Add To Practice Squad". September 18, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170926100627/http://www.colts.com/news/article-1/Roster-Move-Colts-Re-Sign-WR-Matt-Hazel-Add-To-Practice-Squad/5f175b19-edbe-4207-94bc-47bd243f2525.
  15. "Roster Move: Colts Sign Linebacker Darnell Sankey To Practice Squad". September 29, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171109135729/http://www.colts.com/news/article-1/Roster-Move-Colts-Sign-Linebacker-Darnell-Sankey-To-Practice-Squad/8c474298-2944-4716-b124-91d2109a9b2d.
  16. "Colts Sign Linebacker Darnell Sankey To Active Roster; Place Krishawn Hogan On IR". October 9, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171012121927/http://www.colts.com/news/article-1/Colts-Sign-Linebacker-Darnell-Sankey-To-Active-Roster-Place-Krishawn-Hogan-On-IR/0f6dc8fe-457e-4ef4-95a4-f374d7322f71.
  17. "Roster Moves: Colts Claim LB Jermaine Grace". November 15, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171223234029/http://www.colts.com/news/article-1/Roster-Moves-Colts-Claim-LB-Jermaine-Grace/0f195deb-35b3-427c-a6c9-c06665568329.
  18. "Ravens Sign ILB Darnell Sankey To Practice Squad". November 29, 2017. http://nfltraderumors.co/ravens-sign-ilb-darnell-sankey-practice-squad/.
  19. "Roster Move: Colts Sign ILB Darnell Sankey To Reserve/Future Contract". January 11, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180112160211/http://www.colts.com/news/article-1/Roster-Move-Colts-Sign-ILB-Darnell-Sankey-To-ReserveFuture-Contract/a9d85f6d-cff8-4e5f-b396-877313bb3693.
  20. "5/1: Colts Make Roster Moves". May 1, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180503180331/http://www.colts.com/news/article-1/51-Colts-Make-Roster-Moves/f473fd4e-1d53-4e0a-8f99-dba2a3ecb3d4.
  21. "Lions sign free agents DT Ricky Jean Francois and LB Darnell Sankey". July 27, 2018. https://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-sign-free-agents-dt-ricky-jean-francois-and-lb-darnell-sankey.
  22. "Lions establish 53-man roster". September 1, 2018. https://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-establish-53-man-roster.
  23. "Lions awarded OL Andrew Donnal and CB Dee Virgin via waivers". September 2, 2018. https://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-awarded-ol-andrew-donnal-and-cb-dee-virgin-via-waivers.
  24. "Lions sign three players to practice squad". September 5, 2018. https://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-sign-three-players-to-practice-squad.
  25. "Saints add well-traveled LB Darnell Sankey to practice squad". Saints Wire. USA Today. September 19, 2018. https://saintswire.usatoday.com/2018/09/19/saints-add-well-traveled-lb-darnell-sankey-to-practice-squad/.
  26. Katzenstein (January 21, 2019). "Saints sign 6 practice squad players to reserve/future contracts". https://www.nola.com/saints/2019/01/saints-sign-6-practice-squad-players-to-reservefuture-contracts.html.
  27. "New Orleans Saints make roster moves". August 30, 2019. https://www.neworleanssaints.com/news/new-orleans-saints-make-roster-moves-x7776. Retrieved August 30, 2019.

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