Tanard Jackson eligible for reinstatement, but no immediate action by NFL

Tanard Jackson

Tanard Jackson, right, at training camp last year. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The NFL did not take immediate action Saturday on the potential reinstatement of Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson.

Several people familiar with the case said there had been no resolution. Jackson became eligible for reinstatement on Saturday. He is serving an indefinite suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Jackson was suspended last Aug. 31 and became eligible for reinstatement after one year.

He remains under contract to the Redskins. His one-year deal with the team rolled over to this season, under league rules. He did not play last season due to his suspension.

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The Redskins likely would receive a roster exemption for some period of time for Jackson if he’s reinstated. People familiar with the situation have said the team will evaluate his status at that time. It seemingly would be difficult for Jackson to earn a spot on the roster, though, after his lack of football activity. The Redskins drafted two safeties in April to address their need at the position. One of them, Phillip Thomas, is sidelined for all of his rookie season because of a Lisfranc foot injury suffered during the preseason. The other, Bacarri Rambo, enters the season as a starter.

Two other Redskins players, defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and reserve linebacker Rob Jackson, will serve four-game suspensions at the outset of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on banned performance-enhancing substances.

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What’s ahead:

● The second round of cuts, from 75 to 53, must be complete by 6 p.m. Practice squads can be assembled beginning at noon Sunday.

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